British households throw away some 1.7B pieces of plastic every week

    WORLD  16 April 2024 - 18:05

    Households in Britain throw away some 1.7 billion pieces of plastic every week, according to a new report by the UK’s Big Plastic Count initiative.

    According to the report, only 17 per cent of the country’s plastic waste is recycled while 58 per cent is incinerated, 14 per cent exported, and 11 per cent landfilled, Anadolu Agency reports.

    Stressing that incineration releases toxic gases that pollute the air and worsen climate change, the report said that this state of affairs doesn’t match the government’s own commitment to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

    “What's worse, 18 new incinerators are being built in the UK – from Glasgow to the Isle of Wight,” it said.

    It added that the country’s recycling systems can’t cope with the sheer amount of plastic waste.

    It warned: “What’s more, the recycling process releases microplastics into our air and water – worsening the very issue it’s designed to solve.”

    Against this background, the companies and government should take action to cut plastic production at least 75 per cent by 2040, it urged.

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