Some 500 million tons of plastic annually predicted to double by 2040

Plastic pollution is a scourge in West African countries such as Ghana, once ranked as the world’s seventh messiest nation and now hailed as a success story because of a corporate-sponsored cleanup. But as Kit Chellel and Ekow Dontoh explain, the initiative backed by Coca-Cola, Unilever and Danone to re-use the waste is better at deflecting blame and avoiding regulation than actually recycling.

A gutter choked with plastic under a bridge in Accra, Ghana, in July.  Photographer: Nipah Dennis/Bloomberg

Despite the dire environmental consequences, the world has never produced more plastic — some 500 million tons annually — and experts predict that to double by 2040. One reason is that plastic is cheap and useful. Another is the success of industry-led campaigns that say we can use it sustainably. A Bloomberg Green investigation finds that an initiative backed by Coca-Cola, Unilever and Danone to recycle the plastic waste in Ghana is better at deflecting blame and avoiding regulation than actually recycling.

A Jamestown community in Accra, Ghana, on July 5, 2022. Photographer: Nipah Dennis /Bloomberg

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4 thoughts on “Some 500 million tons of plastic annually predicted to double by 2040

  1. This is truly a disgrace to humanity! We are being urged to use paper shopping bags and cardboard straws and then you read this !!!!
    It seems we like to kill the world rather than save it…..

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    1. Erg genoeg worden heel wat mensen om de tuin geleid door hun politici en bepaalde recyclage firma’s.

      Als men merkt hoe plastics worden afgevoerd naar India om daar zogezegd gerecycleerd te worden, maar dan ziet hoe zorgwekkend die plastics zomaar in de zee gedumpt worden is dit weerzinwekkend en onbegrijpelijk dat de westerse landen hier geen halt toe roepen.

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      1. Inderdaad je reinste struisvogelpolitiek maar wél de goedkoopste oplossing …. van de consequenties heeft nog nooit iemand van de politiekers wakker gelegen en dat zal ook nooit veranderen, vrees ik… Blijkbaar zijn ze zelfs niet bekommerd over de toekomst van hun eigen kinderen en kleinkinderen…. maar ze willen wel dat wij voor hen stemmen.

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