Dire future if plastic waste is not reduced
A report by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation predicts that there would be more plastic garbage than fish by 2050.
According to the report, we pollute the oceans with at least eight million tons of plastic waste every year, which works out to about a truckload of waste plastics every minute. If nothing is done to improve the situation, the amount of waste will increase to two truckloads per minute by 2030, and to four truckloads per minute by 2050.
Since 1964, the global plastic production has increased twenty-fold and will almost quadruple by 2050. At that time, the production of plastic will then account for 20 percent of total oil production. However, far too little plastic (at just five percent) is being recycled today. Forty percent eventually finds its way into landfills, while a third ends up in ecosystems like the oceans.
If the situation remains unchanged, there will be a ton of plastic for every three tons of fish by 2025; and by 2050, there would be more plastics than fish in our oceans.
To counter this, measures to minimise plastic waste are already being planned and implemented. For instance, an American company in Bali has invested US$10 million towards the construction of a plastic recycling factory (taucher.net/diveinside-bali__new_recycling_company_to_reduce_plastic_waste_in_bali).
In the meantime, the report strongly recommends the reduction of plastic consumption and highlights the role of the packaging industry. It also discourages the production of heavy recyclable plastics like PVC. Instead, plastic items should be designed to be easily reused – or better still, compostable and environmentally friendly.
Link to the study: www.ellenmacarthurfoundation.org/..rethinking-the-future-of-plastics