How much Plastic do we use?
Approximately 6.45 million tons of plastic are manufactured annually in the UK, however this figure cannot be verified due to the lack of official data. Out of this amount 5 million tons of plastic waste are generated each year (British Plastics Foundation 2018, WRAP, 2018). According to Sky News, 2018, only 29% of this amount was found to be recycled with 1.25 million tons of plastic waste ending in landfills and the environment, however this figure is also an approximate one as it cannot be confirmed due to the lack of statistical data. (DEFRA, 2016). 8 million tons of plastic enter our oceans every year globally (UN Environment, 2018) which is equivalent to one garbage truck of plastic being dumped into the Ocean every minute (World Economic Forum, 2016). It is still unclear how much plastics enters seas around UK due to the lack of data, therefore the figures cannot be provided. If no urgent action is taken, our oceans could contain more plastic than fish by 2050 (UN Environment, 2018, Ellen McArthur Foundation).