Plastic Pollution by Country 2021

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The world has a plastic pollution crisis. Since 1950, humans have produceds more than 8 billion tons of plastic. More than half of it went straight to landfills and only about 9% was recycled. Most of the plastic that isn’t recycled or sent to landfills ends up in the oceans. It is estimated that every year anywhere from 4.8 to 12.7 million metric tons of plastic enter the ocean each year.

High-income countries tend to generate more plastic waste per person. Despite having well-managed waste streams, plastic waste still enters rivers and oceans. Plastic in the oceans harms its ecosystems, where marine animals can mistake plastic for food or become trapped or injured by it.

1. China

Based on information from 2010, China produced the largest quantity of plastic at 59.08 tons of plastic. Despite being the largest producer of plastic waste, daily plastic waste per person is one of the lowest in the world at .12 kilograms. China plans to ban single-use, non-degradable bag in all major cities by the end of 2020 and in all cities and towns by 2022. Additionally, restaurants will be banned from using single-use straws by the end of 2020.

2. United States

The United States is the second-largest producer of plastic waste in the world. The U.S. produced about 37.83 million tons of plastic waste in 2010 and produces more than 275,000 tons of plastic litter. The United States burns about six times more plastic waste than it recycles. The United States, as well as other countries like Canada and the U.K., is known for exporting plastic was to countries in Asia to offload their problem on another country.

3. Germany

Germany produces 14.48 million tons of plastic waste per year and 31,239 tons of plastic litter that is at risk of entering waterways. Germany’s daily plastic waste per person is one of the highest in the world at .46 kilograms. Germany’s Environment Ministry introduced a five-point plan in 2018 that aims to reduce the country’s plastic waste.

4. Brazil

Brazil, the fifth-largest country in the world, is the fourth-largest producer of plastic waste. Brazil generates about 11.85 million tons of plastic waste per year. Brazil is estimated to recycle only 1.28% of its total plastic waste, meaning that about 7.7 million tons end up in landfills.

5. Japan

Japan generates about 7.99 tons of plastic waste and more than 143,000 tons of plastic litter per year. Japan has more than 18,000 miles of coastline. Some point out that Japan’s obsession with hygiene causes many foods to be wrapped, rewrapped, and bagged in multiple layers of plastic. The Japanese government now has the goal of reducing plastic use by 25% by 2030.

6. Pakistan

Pakistan generates about 6.41 million tons of plastic waste in a year, making it the sixth-largest producer of plastic waste. Pakistan is also the sixth-largest country in the world. Pakistan is estimated to use about 55 million plastic bags annually. In August 2019, the Plastic-Bag Free Initiative was implemented to ban the manufacturing, sale, and purchase of plastic bags.

7. Nigeria

Nigeria, the seventh-largest country in the world, is the seventh-largest producer of plastic waste in the world. Nigeria produces about 5.96 million tons of plastic waste every year. The Nigerian government has yet to join the global effort to reduce plastic pollution.

8. Russia

Russia produces about 5.84 million tons of plastic every year. According to a report, up to 36.3 pieces of microplastic are found per kilogram of dry sediment in the Baltic Sea beaches in the Kaliningrad region. Local and volunteer-led efforts have started in Russia to help combat plastic pollution, but these efforts need to be scaled larger to be effective due to Russia’s size and population.

9. Turkey

Turkey generates about 5.6 billion tons of plastic waste per year. The average use of plastic bags in Turkey is 440 per person per year. As of January 1, 2019, the country banned single-use plastic bags and transitioned to reusable and paper bags in an effort to reduce plastic pollution. Plastic bags now cost 0.25 Turkish liras (0.036 U.S. dollars).

10. Egypt

Egypt is the tenth-largest producer of plastic waste in the world, generating about 5.46 million tons of plastic per year. Egypt is the largest producer of plastic waste in the Arab world. Egypt is the largest source of plastic polluting the Mediterranean Sea.

Here are the 10 countries with the most plastic pollution:

  1. China (59,079,741 tons)
  2. United States (37,825,550 tons)
  3. Germany (14,476,561 tons)
  4. Brazil (11,852,055 tons)
  5. Japan (7,993,489 tons)
  6. Pakistan (6,412,210 tons)
  7. Nigeria (5,961,750 tons)
  8. Russia (5,839,685 tons)
  9. Turkey (5,596,657 tons)
  10. Egypt (5,464,471 tons)

Plastic Pollution by Country 2021

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Plastic Pollution by Country 2021

Country Tons of Plastic Waste Population 2021
China59,079,7411,444,216,107
United States37,825,550332,915,073
Germany14,476,56183,900,473
Brazil11,852,055213,993,437
Japan7,993,489126,050,804
Pakistan6,412,210225,199,937
Nigeria5,961,750211,400,708
Russia5,839,685145,912,025
Turkey5,596,65785,042,738
Egypt5,464,471104,258,327
Indonesia5,045,714276,361,783
United Kingdom4,925,59068,207,116
Spain4,709,15746,745,216
France4,557,12865,426,179
India4,493,0801,393,409,038
South Africa4,465,79860,041,994
Iran3,919,26885,028,759
Mexico3,725,463130,262,216
Thailand3,532,49569,950,850
Vietnam3,268,22798,168,833
Italy2,899,25860,367,477
Argentina2,753,55045,605,826
Venezuela2,669,99828,704,954
Sri Lanka2,621,60621,497,310
Netherlands2,571,39817,173,099
Philippines2,565,766111,046,913
Colombia2,413,45551,265,844
Malaysia2,031,67532,776,194
South Korea2,025,77251,305,186
Algeria1,898,34344,616,624
Bangladesh1,888,170166,303,498
Trinidad And Tobago1,745,1231,403,375
Ukraine1,724,50943,466,819
Saudi Arabia1,561,61835,340,683
Peru1,543,87933,359,418
Guatemala1,495,22918,249,860
Myanmar1,373,01854,806,012
Syria1,365,59418,275,702
Poland1,346,90537,797,005
Sudan1,292,74044,909,353
Iraq1,156,52441,179,350
Canada1,154,30938,067,903
Dr Congo1,059,79592,377,993
Portugal1,022,68310,167,925
Hong Kong1,020,4067,552,810
Australia900,65825,788,215
Yemen887,49730,490,640
Morocco863,55537,344,795
Israel826,4368,789,774
Greece811,85810,370,744
Ecuador801,32117,888,475
Ivory Coast766,98827,053,629
Kuwait750,6904,328,550
Chile738,10619,212,361
Ireland715,7164,982,907
United Arab Emirates600,7419,991,089
Honduras565,31710,062,991
Tunisia559,23511,935,766
Angola528,84333,933,610
New Zealand525,6304,860,643
Dominican Republic520,23810,953,703
Norway499,6825,465,630
Senegal485,58617,196,301
North Korea484,70025,887,041
Finland458,0845,548,360
Costa Rica428,0295,139,052
Bulgaria415,7076,896,663
Kenya407,50654,985,698
Croatia406,3474,081,651
Tanzania386,99861,498,437
Jordan377,50610,269,021
Cuba368,15411,317,505
Singapore359,4835,896,686
Ghana357,87731,732,129
Cambodia344,69816,946,438
Puerto Rico342,3062,828,255
Cameroon335,30527,224,265
El Salvador330,7636,518,499
Haiti328,48711,541,685
Libya324,2506,958,532
Belgium318,15111,632,326
Romania310,38519,127,774
Uruguay310,3793,485,151
Nicaragua299,4806,702,385
Papua New Guinea267,2349,119,010
Somalia237,56916,359,504
Bosnia And Herzegovina195,6333,263,466
Panama192,8184,381,579
Sweden164,30510,160,169
Guyana159,681790,326
Lithuania149,2272,689,862
Lebanon148,8076,769,146
Benin144,38212,451,040
Togo135,2948,478,250
Mozambique132,61232,163,047
Madagascar123,52628,427,328
Liberia121,0505,180,203
Guinea118,19613,497,244
Namibia114,2222,587,344
Slovenia108,4212,078,724
Mauritius104,9711,273,433
Qatar103,9332,930,528
Cyprus100,7131,215,584
Georgia97,4433,979,765
Sierra Leone96,6558,141,343
Denmark95,1715,813,298
Latvia94,9351,866,942
Oman93,2515,223,375
Palestine87,6365,222,748
Estonia85,5341,325,185
Albania73,3642,872,933
Macau72,126658,394
Eritrea72,1203,601,467
Bahrain59,7851,748,296
Fiji59,324902,906
Mauritania59,2874,775,119
Barbados58,164287,711
Bahamas51,364396,913
Comoros50,599888,451
Equatorial Guinea49,9901,449,896
Maldives43,134543,617
Jamaica34,9622,973,463
Saint Lucia32,882184,400
Iceland32,620343,353
Montenegro32,557628,053
Malta32,377442,784
Gabon32,3292,278,825
Djibouti31,9991,002,187
Suriname31,300591,800
Guinea Bissau30,6662,015,494
Gambia29,6462,486,945
Vanuatu25,443314,464
French Polynesia24,634282,530
New Caledonia22,995288,218
Antigua And Barbuda22,80498,731
Belize20,191404,914
Solomon Islands19,842703,996
Guam14,666170,179
Curacao13,678164,798
Grenada12,417113,021
Saint Kitts And Nevis12,28053,544
Cape Verde11,919561,898
Seychelles11,73098,908
Aruba9,352107,204
Saint Vincent And The Grenadines8,818111,263
Tonga8,476106,760
Samoa7,000200,149
Sao Tome And Principe6,571223,368
Bermuda5,99062,090
Greenland5,23456,877
Cayman Islands5,10666,497
Northern Mariana Islands5,00657,917
Faroe Islands4,46649,049
Micronesia3,895116,254
Dominica3,88572,167
Kiribati3,859121,392
Brunei3,688441,532
Marshall Islands3,67459,610
Monaco3,41239,511
Sint Maarten3,26343,412
Gibraltar3,05333,698
Turks And Caicos Islands2,85139,231
British Virgin Islands2,50430,421
Palau1,07618,169
Tuvalu55411,931
Nauru52710,876

Plastic Pollution by Country 2021