Effectively repurposing ocean plastic
- Apr 29, 2019 8:20 pm GMT
Estimates range from between 150 million and 200 million metric tons (MT) of plastic are currently circulating in the oceans and an additional 8 million metric tons are added every year.
The paper, Plastic waste inputs from land into the ocean estimated that 275 MT of plastic waste was generated in 192 coastal countries in 2010, with between 4.8 to12.7 million MT of this entering the oceans.
This build-up is expected to increase exponentially by 2025. In part due to the world’s largest plastic recycler, China, deciding, at the start of 2018, it will no longer accept recycled plastic scrap that isn’t 99.5 percent pure. A decision that was a massive disruption of the $200 billion global recycling market that has been further undercut by unscrupulous mislabelling of these materials. As was the case of the 100 containers of, so-called, Canadian recycling shipped to the Philippines in 2013 and 2014 that customs inspectors determined was garbage, including soiled diapers, food waste, and electronic waste that was immediately impounded and Canada has as yet to retrieve.
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