Published on May 24, 2018
Plastics have become one of the most prolific materials on the planet: in 2015 we produced about 380 million tonnes of plastics globally, up from 2 million tonnes in the 1950s. Yet today only 15% of this plastic waste is collected and recycled into secondary plastics globally each year. This report looks at why this is the case and what we can do about it, as the pervasiveness of plastics is becoming an urgent public health and planetary problem. Not only is the diffusion of waste plastics into the wider environment creating hugely negative impacts, but plastics production emits approximately 400 million tonnes of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions annually as a result of the energy used in their production, transport, and final waste treatment. Improved plastics collection and recycling represents a promising solution to these concerns.
|Acronyms and abbreviations|
|The recycled plastics industry|
|Markets and trade in waste plastics|
|Barriers and interventions|
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speech and PRESS RELEASE
09/06/2018 - Remarks by Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General at the Charlevoix G7 Leaders’ Summit: G7 and Outreach Leaders Working Session. Read the full speech.
24/05/2018 - Plastic recycling is failing to reach its full potential as low recovery rates of plastic waste, poor quality of recycled plastic and a lack of price incentives are holding back secondary plastic markets, according to a new OECD report. Given rising public concern over plastic pollution, governments should act urgently to encourage more and better recycling, it says. Read the full press release.
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