Plastic emissions from oceans to triple by 2040

The amount of plastic waste that flows into the ocean and destroys marine life may triple over the next 20 years, unless businesses and governments can dramatically reduce plastic production, a new study published on Thursday said. According to the International Solid Waste Association, the NGO, single-use plastic use increased during the coronavirus pandemic.

Face masks and latex gloves are washed everyday on Asia’s isolated beaches. Landfills worldwide are filled heavy with record volumes of food containers and on-line packaging. The new report, developed by scientists and industry experts for The Pew Charitable Trusts and SYSTEMIQ, provides approaches that could reduce the projected amount of plastic entering the ocean by more than 80 per cent.

Unless no action is taken, however, the amount of plastic entering the sea each year will increase from 11 million tons to 29 million tonnes, leaving a total of 600 million tons in the ocean by 2040, equivalent to 3 million blue whales, according to a report published in Science.