Plastic waste is everywhere, even in the most remote areas of the world. According to a report published by Systemiq and The Pew Charitable Trusts, 40% of today’s global plastic waste ends up in the environment. Reducing plastic pollution begins with waste prevention and systems that enable reusability, recyclability, and recycled plastic content.
The problem of plastic has been worsening for decades, left to the whims of the markets and producers, while the responsibility and impact has fallen primarily on communities, consumers, and ultimately the environment. The truth is, primary production and plastic pollution can be mitigated via a holistic approach to waste management, technology-driven solutions that already exist, and legislation to help drive sustainable change and correct imbalances in the market.
A suite of solutions to manage waste
Prioritizing closed-loop recycling as the predominant treatment method for plastic waste is instrumental in reducing fossil fuel reliance, decarbonizing plastics, and transitioning to a circular economy. For this to happen, the world needs infrastructure and system-level changes that keep plastics at their highest and best use.