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Plastic waste generation of select countries 2019

China produces the most plastic waste worldwide, generating approximately 61 million metric tons in 2016. This was almost twice the amount generated by the United States. However, China ranks well below the U.S. in terms of per capita waste generation.

Since 1950, plastic production worldwide has increased to more than nine billion metric tons. Of this amount, approximately five billion metric tons has ended up as waste. Prior the the 1980's there was virtually no plastic recycling available, even in developed countries.

Plastic waste generated by select countries as of 2019

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Release date

February 2020

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

2019

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