Plastic pollution

Plastic accumulating in the world’s oceans and on the beaches has become a global crisis.

Plastic pollution

This relates to the continuing expansion in the use of plastic products, poor recycling rates.

Plastic pollution

poor processing of waste materials; together with inaction of moving away from plastic where possible or reducing overall consumption.

Plastic pollution

over 99 percent of plastic originates from oil and gas, and with the growth of plastic production

Plastic pollution

leading fossil fuel companies are investing tens of billions of dollars in new petrochemical plants and equipment.

Plastic pollution


the inadequate collection and disposal of larger plastic debris (macroplastics).

Plastic pollution

the leakage of smaller amounts (microplastics) presents a serious concern to Martine life and it impacts upon food chain.

Plastic pollution

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..

Plastic pollution

The most startling finding is the low level of recycling that is typically taking place across homes in U.K.

Plastic pollution

The results show that the average household throws away 66 pieces of plastic in a week.

Plastic pollution

The findings relate to some 100,000 households participating households. The data can be used to estimate that the U.K.

Plastic pollution

population throws out nearly 100 billion pieces of plastic a year, with only around 12 percent of these being recycled.

Plastic pollution

In terms of the origin of the material, 83 percent of plastics came from food and drink packaging waste,

Plastic pollution

with the most common items being fruit and vegetable packaging.

Plastic pollution

Greenpeace is calling on the U.K. government to set legally binding targets to almost entirely eliminate single-use plastic, 

Plastic pollution

starting with a target of a 50 percent cut in single-use plastic by 2025.