Relatively little of our plastic waste is recycled. Separating plastics from non-plastics in the recycling process, and different types of plastic from each other, is labor-intensive and so far there has been no easy solution. Since, we currently recycle only a small percentage of our plastic output. Unless some basic changes take place soon, the global plastic problem will only grow more and more severe over time. If we assume a business as usual projection with growing populations, increasing plastic consumption and increased waste generation, by 2025, this number doubles – we may be adding 17.5 million metric tons of plastic per year. If that happens, then our cumulative input over time from 2010 to 2025 is projected to be 155 million metric tons (Jambeck et al, 2015).

Plastic bags usage bans around the world

Every year, one trillion plastic bags – single use – are used, equating to 2 million per minute. As described above, there are a lot of problems associated with plastic bags, which is why bans or fees are in place in many countries. Different countries have different usage levels, but the entire world has to commit to reducing this usage.

Solving the problem



  • Plastic Pollution Coalition