New York (The Verge) — The US is one of the world’s biggest sources of plastic pollution theverge.com/2020/10/30/215….
The US produces more plastic waste than any other country, and a big chunk of that likely winds up polluting oceans and coastlines around the world, according to a new study.
For years, Asian countries like China and Vietnam have ranked much higher than the US on lists of coastal plastic polluters. But much of the problem actually starts thousands of miles away, in the plastic-hungry US. An older study, conducted by some of the same researchers, ranked the US 20th among countries that mismanaged the most plastic waste in 2010. But that study didn’t look into whether waste was mismanaged after it was exported to another country for recycling. This time, the researchers looked at data for 2016 and considered how waste was treated after it was shipped abroad. They found that America’s share of mismanaged plastic waste jumped by up to 400 percent compared to the 2010 figure. — Justine Calma/@verge