Plastic accumulating in the world’s oceans and on the beaches has become a global crisis.
This relates to the continuing expansion in the use of plastic products, poor recycling rates.
poor processing of waste materials; together with inaction of moving away from plastic where possible or reducing overall consumption.
over 99 percent of plastic originates from oil and gas, and with the growth of plastic production
leading fossil fuel companies are investing tens of billions of dollars in new petrochemical plants and equipment.
the inadequate collection and disposal of larger plastic debris (macroplastics).
the leakage of smaller amounts (microplastics) presents a serious concern to Martine life and it impacts upon food chain.
the way to assess plastics and recycling is through a survey and one such event was organised by Greenpeace and campaign group Everyday Plastic, called ‘The Big Plastic Count..
The most startling finding is the low level of recycling that is typically taking place across homes in U.K.
The results show that the average household throws away 66 pieces of plastic in a week.
The findings relate to some 100,000 households participating households. The data can be used to estimate that the U.K.
population throws out nearly 100 billion pieces of plastic a year, with only around 12 percent of these being recycled.
In terms of the origin of the material, 83 percent of plastics came from food and drink packaging waste,
with the most common items being fruit and vegetable packaging.
Greenpeace is calling on the U.K. government to set legally binding targets to almost entirely eliminate single-use plastic,
starting with a target of a 50 percent cut in single-use plastic by 2025.