As the world grapples with plastic, the U.S. makes more of it — a lot more
Center for Public Integrity
Minuscule pellets keep escaping plastic manufacturing sites, part of a bigger dilemma: How can we fix plastic waste problems amid a production boom?
8 million tons of plastic waste is currently ending up in our oceans. This amount will double in the next 10 years if nothing is done to manage plastic waste management and production.
40% of America’s polyethylene plastic production - or 8 million metric tons - ends up in the oceans every year. This number is expected to keep rising if regulators don’t step in.
As the world grapples with plastic, the U.S. makes more of it — a lot more – Center for Public Integrity