- Just 9% of all plastic waste ever created has been recycled, researchers estimate.
- Last year, the U.S. exported 74,000 shipping containers of plastic waste to low-income countries, researcher Jan Dell said.
- For decades, China was the primary destination for global plastic waste. Now more countries in Latin America are emerging as hotspots.
That plastic takeout container you toss in a recycling bin? Odds are you’re actually doing little for the environment.