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In 2015, humans threw out almost as much plastic as they made

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In 2015, humans produced 407 million metric tons of new plastic, continuing the trend of making more and more plastic each year. Meanwhile, 307 million metric tons was discarded as waste, meaning it wasn't recycled or incinerated; it's just sitting in a dump or the ocean somewhere. By far, packaging made up the biggest share of both new plastic (36%) and plastic waste (47%).

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Data: Geyer, Jambeck, Law Sci. Adv. 2017

Last updated: 2 years ago  |  Data: Geyer, Jambeck, Law Sci. Adv. 2017