About 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic has been produced since the 1950s – the weight of roughly a billion elephants or 47 million blue whales.
Only 9% of all plastic has been recycled. 12% has been burned, and the remaining 79% has ended up in landfills or the environment.
Approximately 12.7 million tonnes of plastic enters the oceans every year. The equivalent of a truckload of plastic enters the oceans every minute.
There are five trillion plastic pieces in our oceans – enough to circle the Earth over 400 times.
Countries like Canada, the U.S., and the U.K. export their plastic waste to various countries in Asia and Africa, offloading their trash problem to other communities.
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