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Taking on the World’s Plastic Footprint

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Title:Taking on the World’s Plastic Footprint
Authors:East-West Center
Date Issued:30 Sep 2021
Publisher:Honolulu, HI : East-West Center
Abstract:Plastic waste crisis is impacting more people today than climate change, Asia-based advocate says. Quick take:
- With only 10 percent of plastic waste currently being recycled, an estimated two billion people are impacted each day by plastic pollution.
- Almost all types of plastic are now recyclable, but the high cost of collection and machinery is a primary barrier in improving recycling systems.
- If the current rate of plastics production continues, the world would need five to six times more recycling capacity to keep up by 2040.
- A global recycling system is urgently needed, since most smaller countries do not have the capacity to recycle and use their plastic waste.
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