The international statistic of the year released by the Royal Statistical Society is 90.5%. This is the percentage of plastic that has never been recycled. Each year the society releases a statistic they view most exemplifies our world’s issues. If you look at the cost of creating plastic bottles, and then look at the percentage of plastic never recycled, we can create a monetary value that is lost due to not recycling. That value is 7.2 trillion dollars. This is enough to buy most of the world’s largest corporations.

Key Takeaways:

  • The amount of recyclable plastic not recycled will double in the next 30 years.
  • 80% of all waste in last sixty years is plastic.
  • As there is a need for plastics, so is there a need to recycle it; whoever does could be rich!

“Much like Oxford English Dictionary’s “Word of the Year” competition, the international statistic is meant to capture the zeitgeist of this year.”

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