Plastic waste piling on our Earth is no longer a new concept. You can say that the planet is all set to be buried under a mountain of the discarded plastic waste within a span of a decade.
A study concludes China as the developed world’s dumping ground. If we look at the future statistics, the study predicts that about one hundred and eleven million tonnes of plastics and plastic products. To list a few of the plastic products are plastic bags, plastic straws, plastic bottles, other plastic wastes. The study predicts that these plastic products have no well-defined fate from now till the year 2030. Also, the countries responsible for the plastic waste generation are not at all prepared to deal with the plastic waste efficiently. The study report comes ahead from the desk of the University of Georgia.
We have been witnessing a rise in awareness against the plastic pollution. A positive side of this awareness is that the environmental impacts of these plastic wastes are now softened on account of global recycling processes.
Since the year 1992, China has been the largest scrap importer. It has absorbed approximately half the amount of the world’s plastic waste. China and Hong Kong collectively incorporated about seventy-two per cent of total plastic waste exported during this period. The chief exporters of the plastic scraps were the European, Asian and American countries. Since the year 1998, these three regions have collectively generated about ninety per cent of plastic waste exports.
From January 01, 2018, China closed the doors to all the contaminated non-industrial plastic products imports from the world. These non-industrial plastic products are inclusive of paper products of low value and other plastic rubbish littering around the streets.
Jenna Jambeck says, “There’s not really another huge main hub where this material can go.” Jenna Jambeck is an associate professor at the University of Georgia and also the co-author of the recent research study.
The study inferences mark their presence in the journal Science Advances.