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Global plastic waste production breakdown 2018, by sector

In 2018, packaging accounted for 46 percent of global plastic waste generation. This was considerably higher than any other sector, with textiles making up the second highest share with approximately 15 percent.

Although very useful, plastic products, such as packaging, pose a number of environmental threats. Due to poor infrastructure and a lack of recycling options, products often end up in landfill sites, or oceans, causing significant environmental pollution.

Distribution of plastic waste generation worldwide in 2018, by sector

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Release date

February 2020

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

2018

Special properties

Based on 342.6 million metric tons of plastic waste

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