The creation of waste – and especially plastic waste - as a consequence of increasing consumption of packed consumer goods is an urgent and “burning” problem. It is expected that by 2050 the oceans are expected to contain more plastics than fish (by weight), and the entire plastics industry will consume 20% of total oil production and 15% of the annual carbon budget. In many countries systems are in place that guarantee the disposal of packaging. Recycling loops and reuse as well as incineration are the more elegant ones. Disposal at waste dumps are the undesirables ones. But waste remains waste as long as there are no clever ideas to either make new materials out of recyclables or waste disposes itself by disintegration with the help of biological processes. What has the WEF to say about this? Have a look at the report <The New Plastics Economy: Rethinking the future of plastics>.
Document attached: WEF_The_New_Plastics_Economy.pdf