Graphic geeft een blik op decijfers van de Wereldbank, die een alarmerend beeld geven van de menselijke afvalberg.


’s Werelds groeiende afvalcrisis

July 15, 2019 - Mensen genereerden volgens de Wereldbank in 2016 1,8 miljard ton
vast afval, waarvan 220 miljoen ton plastic.

When China banned imports of global waste, particularly plastics, in January 2018, it created a knock-on effect whereby shipments were diverted to Southeast Asia, which soon became overwhelmed, forcing those governments into action.

Now nations across Asia are declining imports of plastic, which for decades had fed their recycling plants. As the amounts of waste increased, so too did the tainted garbage that could not be easily recycled.

Typically, 30% of plastic is contaminated, which often times ends up being illegally burned at night in a palm oil plantation – plastic smoke smells like palm oil.

In 2016, humans generated 1.8 billion tonnes of solid waste. By 2050, that may have risen to as much as much 3.1 billion tonnes annually. Approximately 12% of all municipal waste in 2016 was plastic ⁠— 242 million tons of it.

PUBLISHED: 16/07/2019; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Getty Images
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