In 2015, 2-10% of all plastic waste produced ended up in the ocean. If waste management does not improve by 2025, approximately 17-47% of annual plastic waste could enter the ocean.
Plastic pollution isn’t only affecting coastal communities and marine ecosystems. A USGS survey of rain and other precipitation samples at 8 urban and rural sites in Colorado found plastic fibers, beads, and other shards in over 90% of the samples.
According to a 2007 study, almost one-third of all municipal solid waste (MSW) generated in the U.S. in 2005 was comprised of “packaging related materials.” These materials include paper and paperboard, plastic, glass, and metal.
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