According to figures from the Senate of the Republic
, Mexico is the 12th largest consumer of plastic in the world and the third-largest consumer of bottled water after China and the United States, according to statistics from Bottled Water
. During the pandemic, there was a 300% increase in waste, representing 29,000 tons, according to data from the National Autonomous University of Mexico.
Official estimates state that by 2030, waste generation will increase to 65 million tons per year. According to the civil association AMOCALLI A.C.
, in the first four months of 2019, 546 tons of empty agrochemical containers had been sent to "final destination", of which 155 tons (45%) were for burning in cement kilns and 327 tons for traditional recycling.
The economic sector that generates the most plastic waste is the packaging sector. This is because once the product is extracted or consumed, packaging
immediately becomes waste. These single-use plastics represent the largest plastic waste stream polluting our planet. The high and increasing levels of plastic litter and marine microplastics represent a serious environmental problem on a global scale, negatively affecting ecosystems as well as local societies and economies.