In the last half century, 8.3 billion tons of plastic have been produced, the majority of which is destroying our environment in one way or another. If things continue like this, by 2050 there will be more plastic in the oceans than fish. Plastics were made in small quantities in the 1950s and 1970s.
That is why at that time plastic waste was almost non-existent and it was not a big problem for the world, as far as plastic waste was concerned, it was disposed of. By the 1990s, plastic production had more than tripled.
Similarly, plastic waste grew and gradually became a problem. Plastic production had skyrocketed in the early 2000s. In a decade, plastic production has grown more than in the last four decades.
Today, 300 million tons of plastic waste is collected worldwide on an annual basis. If the total population of the world is weighed, it will be less than the weight of plastic. About 8.3 billion tons of plastic have been produced since 1950.
60% of it could not be disposed of properly and in an environmentally friendly manner, which is why this plastic today is either in the form of garbage mountains or is becoming part of our oceans, forests and the environment and destroying them.
According to a recent survey, the most prominent plastic waste is cigarette filters. Bottles of water and beverages, bottle caps, food packaging, shopping bags and straws are other items that are a significant part of plastic waste.
Every year, eight million tons of plastic waste enters our oceans. In the oceans it reaches through plastic rivers. Ten rivers in the world are responsible for 90% of plastic waste.
Pakistan’s Indus River is one of them, which releases 164,332 tons of plastic into the sea annually.