Why is plastic recycling so difficult?
And what’s next?
Statistics vary on how much plastic is manufactured globally each year, from around 100 million tons to more than 300 million tons. Whatever the case, only 5% to 9% is being recycled effectively. In Indonesia alone, 1 million tons of plastics end up in the water every year. The problem worldwide is so bad that the Ellen McArthur Foundation estimates that by 2050, if no action is taken, there’ll be more plastic in the ocean than fish.