Fast facts about plastic pollution

In December 2018, Great Britain’s Royal Statistical Society named the fact that only about nine percent of all plastic ever made has likely been recycled its statistic of the year. Read on for more facts on the global plastic pollution crisis. This article was created in partnership with the National Geographic Society. National Geographic is committed to reducing plastics pollution. Learn more about our non-profit activities at natgeo.org/plastics. This article was first published on May 16, 2018 and updated on December 20. Some 18 billion poundsof plastic waste flows into the oceans every yearfrom coastal regions.That’s the equivalent offive grocery bags ofplastic trash sitting on every foot of coastlinearound the world.NGM STAFF. SOURCE: Jenna R. Jambeck,University of GeorgiaSome 18 billion pounds of plasticwaste flows into the oceansevery year from coastal regions.That’s the equivalent offive grocery bags of plastic trashsitting on every foot of coastlinearound the world.NGM STAFF. SOURCE: Jenna R. Jambeck, University of Georgia 40 percent of plastic produced is packaging, used just once and then discarded.

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