Plastic Garbage

Chart of the Day: The World is Drowning in Plastic Garbage – The Worst Offenders May Suprise You

the problem of global plastic garbage persists, and new technologies will be required to resolve, according to the latest forecasts by the OECD’s Global Plastics Outlook, rising from 353 million tonnes of waste in 2019 to 1 billion tonnes over the course of the next four decades. Two-thirds of this is expected to comprise packaging, consumer products, and textiles. Plastic waste from construction and transport will also be significant.

While population growth is one reason for the coming surge, another driver is economic growth. A bigger urban population means greater demands, production, and spending power. According to the World Bank, over 90% of waste is disposed of in unregulated dumps or openly burned in low-income countries. See this in the chart below and learn more here.

Global Plastic Waste Forecast

Some might think that the countries producing or consuming the most plastic are the ones that pollute the oceans the most. But that’s not true. A country with a smaller geographical area, longer coastlines, high rainfall, and poor waste management systems is likelier to wash plastics into the sea. See below the worst offenders by country and learn more here.

Plastic Poluters by Country

One example of what this plastic garbage problem can do is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. It is the largest accumulation of ocean plastic in the world and is located between Hawaii and California. Scientists of The Ocean Cleanup have conducted the most extensive analysis ever of this area – learn more here and see a map of where this is located.

Great Pacific Garbage Patch

In any case, the problem of global plastic garbage persists, and new technologies will be required to resolve. In the comment section below, please give us your take on what you believe is needed to resolve.

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  1. I have no idea if true but from what i have read most writing is Asian. Seems logical as things tend to move west to east on this planet. I know a Nor Easterns move east to west so you can skip the weather fore casts.

  2. Thankyou Tom for a very thought provoking article. You ask for ideas on solutions. Some of them are alluded to in the article. Overpopulation is mentioned ( I am a recent convert to this idea), as is Economic Growth. Capitalism needs Economic Growth and with it comes a fixation on consumerism. I can not see an easy way to divorce capitalism from consumerism the first depends on the second. But with consumerism comes the commensurate mess, that includes plastic pollution, to name but one. On the plus side, maybe this is the catalyst for a conversation around maybe a new kind of capitalism. One that can bring the greatest benefit to all while mitigating the pollution, inequalities and other side effects that plague our present system.

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Born down on the farm in America's Midwest, my early life was spent climbing the ladder via a long career in information technology. Starting as a technician, and after earning a degree going to night school, I eventually found a place working at ATT Bell Laboratories as a software engineer.

Later moving into management and then a long stint in a major management consulting firm working with major banking, telecommunications, and retail companies. Working in various states in America, I also spent considerable time living and working in several European countries - currently expat in France. As a side career, I was heavily involved in real estate development and an avid futures trader. This experience can give one a unique view of the world.

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