Global shoreline waste collected by packaging type 2018

This statistic shows the global plastic waste collected along shorelines, by packaging type. In 2018, polystyrene waste collected in shorelines around the world totaled approximately 46,800 objects.

Number of pieces of waste collected at shorelines worldwide in 2018, by packaging type*

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Release date

October 2018

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

2018

Supplementary notes

* Organizations and volunteers were recruited to lead local cleanups and were trained to define their cleanup area; collect all waste found in that area; and count and record the brand, parent manufacturer, product type (food, personal care, or household product), and packaging type (HDPE, PET, PVC, PP, PS, multi-layer plastics, single-layer plastics, and other) of each piece of waste collected.

Packaging types
PS: polystyrene
PET: Polyethylene terephthalate
SL: single-layer plastic film
ML: multilayer plastic bonded materials
HDPE: High-density polyethylene
PVC: polyvinyl chloride

** "Other" mostly includes materials that are not at all recyclable: cigarette butts, textiles, diapers, sanitary napkins, and other items.

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