Volume 95 Issue 30 | p. 15 | News of The Week
Issue Date: July 24, 2017

Most plastics are discarded, study finds

Study examines production and fate of ubiquitous material
Department: Government & Policy
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: Environment, pollution, plastics
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Plastics washed up on the beach in Isla Taboga, Panama.
Credit: J.M. van Coutren/Marine Photobank
Photo of plastic debris along the shoreline of a beach with a palm tree in the background.
 
Plastics washed up on the beach in Isla Taboga, Panama.
Credit: J.M. van Coutren/Marine Photobank

Plastics add up

8.3

billion metric tons

of virgin plastics produced to date


60%

discarded in landfills or the environment

30%

in use (includes recycled plastics)

10%

incinerated

Source: Sci. Adv. 2017, DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1700782

For the first time, researchers have analyzed the manufacture and destiny of all mass-produced plastics ever made worldwide. Here’s what the scientists from the University of California, Santa Barbara, University of Georgia, and the Sea Education Association found.

 
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Comments
Richard CHEUNG (Wed Jul 26 16:59:12 EDT 2017)
Plastic is now unavoidable in day to day human activities. The quantity of plastic waste generated seems to be "uncontrollable" now. Whether we count plastic as friend or foe, it really depends on who you are.

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