Taking on the World’s Plastic Footprint

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2021-09-30
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East-West Center
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Honolulu, HI : East-West Center
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Plastic waste crisis is impacting more people today than climate change, Asia-based advocate says. Quick take:<br>- With only 10 percent of plastic waste currently being recycled, an estimated two billion people are impacted each day by plastic pollution.<br>- Almost all types of plastic are now recyclable, but the high cost of collection and machinery is a primary barrier in improving recycling systems.<br>- If the current rate of plastics production continues, the world would need five to six times more recycling capacity to keep up by 2040.<br>- 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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