Green recovery

Plastic waste management challenges

22/02/2022 PNG

Global plastic waste generation more than doubled from 156 Mt in 2000 to 353 Mt in 2019. Almost two-thirds of total plastic waste comes from applications with lifetimes below five years: packaging (40%), consumer products (12%) and textiles (11%).

Only 15% of plastic waste was collected for recycling in 2019, and 40% of this material ended up as recycling residues needed further disposal. After taking into account recycling residues and disposal of collected litter, only 9% of plastic waste was recycled, while 19% was incinerated and almost 50% went to sanitary landfills. The remaining 22% was disposed of in uncontrolled dumpsites, burned in open pits or leaked into the environment.

See also: The current plastics lifecycle is far from circular