And, If current trends continue, the researchers warned more than 13 billion tons of plastic waste will be discarded in landfills or dumped in the environment by 2050 - around 35,000 times as heavy as the Empire State Building in NY.
"Plastics are used because they are efficient, they are cost effective and they do their jobs", said Steve Russell, vice president of plastics for the American Chemistry Council, an industry association that represents manufacturers.
Since the birth of plastic, production has escalated.
The same team of researchers concluded in 2015 that roughly 8 million metric tons of plastic found its way into the worlds oceans in 2010.
And, the production speed is increasing.
Where does it all go? There is now enough plastic in the world to completely cover a country the size of Argentina.
Out of the eight billion tons of plastic, about half has been made in the past 13 years and six billion finished as waste. Let's not even try to imagine how many fidget spinners that is. On average, only about 9 percent of Earth's9 billion tons of plastic has been recycled. At current trends, it said the "global discard rate" of plastics would drop from 58 percent in 2014 to 6 percent in 2050. It is among the largest exporters in the nation, accounting for fourteen percent of all US goods exports.
They said recycling merely delays, rather than avoids, plastic disposal, unless it reduces new plastic production. Each carries unique consequences.
"I was really surprised by how big the production numbers were", he said. Of this, 9% was recycled and 12% incinerated.
Manual separation of plastic bottles, labels and caps.
The study calculated that of the 8.3 billion tonnes made, almost 6.4 billion tonnes were no longer used.
In 2014, 30 percent of plastic waste was recycled in Europe, and 25 percent recycled in China.
It said that about half of plastics are used in packaging, so they enter the waste stream quickly, while most steel and concrete, the other large-scale manmade materials, are mostly used in construction and can take decades become waste.
Plastic waste in water is hurting or killing more than 600 species of marine life including dolphins, fish, sea turtles, and whales, according to Nancy Wallace, a marine debris program director at the U.S. National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
More than 8 billion metric tons. But, numerous environmental impacts of these microplastics on natural environments, including freshwater and marine ecosystems, remain unknown. To put that into perspective, there are roughly 7.5 billion people on the planet meaning that there is more than one metric ton of plastic for every person alive today.
"Single use" plastics on East Beach, Henderson Island in 2015.
Shraddha Kapoor's grey avatar does not fail to impress in the recently launched trailer of her upcoming film, Haseena Parkar . Shraddha's brother Siddhanth will play the role of Dawood in the film. "I can not remember one instance when I was bored".
That's a rule that basically states any Senator can tag a bill, placing a 48-hour hold on the bill before it can be discussed. Smith said a bathroom bill would put already vulnerable transgender people "at significant risk".
When Villani was dismissed for 75 - a career best - and Perry and Alyssa Healy followed in 33 balls, India were back in control. Anger was soon replaced with joy as Kaur and the partisan 1,823 strong crowd celebrated her third one-day global century.
A release on the transaction said neither Avista nor Hydro One expects workforce reductions as a result of the acquisition. Avista activities include production, transmission and distribution of energy as well as other energy-related businesses.
In addition, the Red Sox have been scouting David Freese and Josh Harrison of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Asdrubal Cabrera and T.J. He will face Royals LHP Danny Duffy , who surrendered his only run in the ninth inning of a 1-0 loss to the Rangers on Sunday.
The German minister added that such developments made it "extremely difficult" to proceed with German investment in Turkey . German companies have either invested in or own 6,000 firms operating in Turkey , generating approximately 60,000 jobs.
Magic Johnson has reiterated that the team is prioritizing signing a veteran point guard to back up and mentor Lonzo Ball . Neither of which would move the dial much, especially not against competition like the Golden State Warriors.
Israeli security forces near metal detectors placed outside the Temple Mount, in Jerusalem's Old City, on July 16, 2017. Police had closed the Temple Mount on Friday in the wake of an attack that killed two Israel Police officers.
The second worker was lifted up to work on one of the telephone lines when Jove began shooting at the trucks. Authorities say a Florida man shot at two AT&T trucks because they were parked in front of his driveway.
One of Call of Duty's biggest modes, Nazi Zombies , is getting a major update in the new game WWII due out November 3. And as much to prevent you right away, the new Zombies mode of Call of Duty WW2 is particularly gore.
In midlife, the commission found that one of the most powerful - and fixable - drivers of dementia risk is hearing loss. Schneider presented the findings at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference (AAIC) 2017.
'DOOM' gets new update with all DLC unlocked and many more
To make the game more appealing, the company is ditching the season pass arrangement and unlocking all of the DLC content . This will include the first two campaign levels, all multiplayer content and SnapMap (a simple yet powerful level-editor).
RM plc (LON:RM) Rating Reiterated by FinnCap
The stock has "Hold" rating by Berenberg on Friday, February 3. 10,120,875 shares of the company's stock were exchanged. The stock was purchased at an average price of GBX 559 ($7.30) per share, with a total value of £16,770 ($21,898.67).