The volume of microplastics from paint on steel surfaces that enter the ocean every year could be as high as 1.5-2.25 million tonnes, equivalent to 150-225 billion empty plastic bottles. Putting these new figures in context, they account for a meaningful percentage of the 8 million tonnes of plastic that is estimated to end up in the oceans each year.
Plastic pollution inputs into rivers, lakes and the ocean could increase to as much as 53 million metric tons annually by 2030 even if current reduction commitments made by governments and the private sector are met, according to a new study published today by the international journal Science.
Action on plastic pollution has been slowed considerably during the COVID-19 pandemic – but there’s a new emerging angle that could help rebuild momentum for the transition to a greener and more circular society. Governments at the World Trade Organization (WTO) are also showing increased interest in tackling plastics pollution.
Paradigm Shift brings together some of the most prominent voices in the circular space on what it will take for the global community to make the transition to circularity. This publication takes a systems–level view of the challenge and focuses on solutions—upstream, downstream, and across sectors—with critical takeaways that you can use to advance your circular economy mission.
Learn how over the last 6 years, this leading national nonprofit has:
° Leveraged more than $90 million in impact.
° Reached more than 77 million households.
° Helped more than 1,500 U.S. communities overcome recycling challenges.
° Invested over 53 million in recycling infrastructure.
° Delivered new recycling carts to more than 700,000 U.S. households.
° Reduced 251,000 metric tons of carbon emissions.
° Diverted more than 230 million pounds of recyclables from landfills into the recycling stream.
° Reduced contamination by 40% and increased the value of cleaner recyclables by $20 per ton in pilot communities.
First-of-its-kind modeling analysis describes actions needed to stop plastic from entering the ocean.
Transparent 2020: Major Companies Come Together in Unprecedented Step Toward Transparency on Global Plastic Waste Crisis
“In its first year, ReSource: Plastic has begun to tap into the massive potential that companies have to become key levers that can actually help change the course of this global problem – but also their willingness and ability to act together,” said Sheila Bonini of the OPLN Advisory Board Member company, World Wildlife Fund.
OPLN Member companies Procter & Gamble and The Coca-Cola Company, together with other Principal Members of ReSource: Plastic – Keurig Dr Pepper, McDonald’s and Starbucks contributed to the report, Transparent 2020, which examines the plastic footprints of these leading global companies and provides a detailed look at the challenges and potential solutions for tackling the plastic pollution problem.
Our Principal Members have shown an impressive dedication to transparency, providing data that will ultimately drive the accountability, collaboration and ambition needed to incentivize a movement toward comprehensive reporting and progress across the private sector.
The Principal Members hope these efforts will inspire other companies to take similar action.