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Global plastic waste generation

A large proportion of post-consumer plastic waste consists of plastic packaging. This packaging includes plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays, plastic films (shopping bags, rubbish bags, bubble wrap, and plastic or stretch wrap) and plastic foams (e.g. expanded polystyrene [EPS]). Plastic waste is generated in sectors including agriculture (e.g. irrigation pipes, greenhouse covers, fencing, pellets, mulch; construction (e.g. pipes, paints, flooring and roofing, insulants and sealants); transport (e.g. abraded tyres, road surfaces and road markings); electronic and electric equipment (e-waste); and pharmaceuticals and healthcare.

Year: 2021

From collection: Drowning in Plastics: Marine Litter and Plastic Waste Vital Graphics

Cartographer: Levi Westerveld/GRID-Arendal

Tags: marine litter plastic waste vital graphics

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