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Only 9% of plastics are recycled worldwide

Paris: The OECD said Tuesday that less than 10% of the plastics used worldwide are recycled, a “cooperative and global solution” ahead of the expected talks on international plastic treaties. I asked. According to a new report from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, 460 million tonnes of plastic were used in 2019, almost doubling the number since 2000.

In the meantime, the amount of plastic waste has more than doubled to 353 million tonnes, according to the Paris-based OECD. “After considering the losses during recycling, only 9% of the final recycled plastic waste was incinerated, and almost 50% was sent to sanitary landfills,” Global Plastics Outlook said. I am saying. “The remaining 22% were disposed of at unmanaged dump sites, burned in open pits, or leaked to the environment.”

The COVID-19 pandemic reduced plastic usage in 2020 by 2.2% year-on-year. However, disposable plastics are on the rise and overall use is “predicted to recover again” as the economy recovers. According to the report, plastics will account for 3.4% of global greenhouse gas emissions in 2019, 90% of which is due to “production and conversion from fossil fuels.”

In the face of rampant global warming and pollution, OECD Secretary-General Matthias Corman said in a report, “It is important for countries to address challenges with collaborative and global solutions.” .. The OECD has proposed a series of “lever” to address this issue. This includes developing the market for recycled plastics. This is only 6% of the total, mainly because it is expensive.

He added that new technologies related to reducing the environmental footprint of plastics account for only 1.2% of all product innovations. The OECD said policies should also curb overall consumption, calling for a “more circular plastic life cycle.” He also called for a “major investment in basic waste management infrastructure,” including € 25 billion ($ 28 billion) annually for efforts in low- and middle-income countries.

The report will be published less than a week after the UN Conference on the Environment begins on February 28 in Nairobi. Formal discussions on future international plastics treaties are expected to begin there, and their scope will be discussed. Shardul Agrawala, head of the OECD’s Department of Environmental and Economic Integration, said Tuesday’s report “further emphasizes the need for countries to work together towards a global agreement to address this crucial issue. “.

Asked about the priorities of the treaty being discussed in Nairobi, she said, “There are urgent waste management issues that cause most of the leaks to the environment.” “But we shouldn’t just focus on the end of the pipe solution. In the long run, there is a growing need to build international cooperation and agreement to adjust standards,” she said Monday’s online reporter. He said at the press conference.

In a survey released yesterday by polling firm Ipsos for the World Wildlife Fund, 88% of respondents emphasized the importance of international treaties to combat plastic pollution. In the 28 countries surveyed, 23% of respondents said such treaties were “quite important,” 31% were “very important,” and 34% were “essential.” – AFP

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