New study finds ocean plastic could triple by 2040

A UK study, published by think-tanks Pew Charitable Trusts and SYSTEMIQ, predicts that the quantity of plastic pollution in the ocean may well triple by 2040, if no action is taken on behalf of businesses, governments and communities.
Using an innovative model of global plastic flows and the amount of plastic in the ocean between 2016 and 2040, the analysis examines six possible scenarios with varying levels of intervention relating to the potential amount of plastic in the ocean by 2040, with the aim of reducing plastic flows into the marine environment by 80 per cent by that year.
The study also offers recommendations to prevent the plastic problem from reaching dangerous levels, including reducing the amount of plastic waste produced, increasing recycling capacity, expanding waste collection services and reducing exports of plastic waste to developing countries.
Commenting on the study, Martin Stuchtey, SYSTEMIQ Founder and Managing Partner, said: “Our results indicate that the plastic crisis is solvable. It took a generation to create this challenge; this report shows we can solve it in one generation.
“‘Breaking the Plastic Wave’ leaves no viable excuse on the table; we have today all the solutions required to stem plastic flows by more than 80 per cent. What we now need is the industry and government resolve to do so.”