Global plastic waste set to almost triple by 2060, says OECD

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The amount of plastic waste produced globally is on track to almost triple by 2060, with around half ending up in landfill and less than a fifth recycled, according to a 2022 OECD report.

Global Plastics Outlook: Policy Scenarios to 2060 says that without radical action, plastic pollution will rise in tandem with an almost threefold increase in plastics use. The report estimates that almost two-thirds of plastic waste in 2060 will be from short-lived items such as packaging, low-cost products and textiles.

We post the caveat that this and other research must better frame the problem of plastic pollution: It is a problem created and driven by the plastics and petrochemical industries—not a problem created by the general public that is sold plastic products.

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