Share of plastic waste that is incinerated, recycled, and discarded

percent, 1980–2050

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Data Item19801981198219831984198519861987198819891990199119921993199419951996199719981999200020012002200320042005200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020202120222023202420252026202720282029203020312032203320342035203620372038203920402041204220432044204520462047204820492050
Discarded100.0098.3097.6096.9096.2095.5094.8094.1092.8091.4090.0088.6087.2085.8084.4083.0081.6080.2078.8077.4076.0074.6073.2071.8070.4069.0067.6066.2064.8063.4062.0060.6059.2057.8056.4055.0053.6052.2050.8049.4048.0046.6045.2043.8042.4041.0039.6038.2036.8035.4034.0032.6031.2029.8028.4027.0025.6024.2022.8021.4020.0018.6017.2015.8014.4013.0011.6010.208.807.406.00
Incinerated0.001.702.403.103.804.505.205.906.607.308.008.709.4010.1010.8011.5012.2012.9013.6014.3015.0015.7016.4017.1017.8018.5019.2019.9020.6021.3022.0022.7023.4024.1024.8025.5026.2026.9027.6028.3029.0029.7030.4031.1031.8032.5033.2033.9034.6035.3036.0036.7037.4038.1038.8039.5040.2040.9041.6042.3043.0043.7044.4045.1045.8046.5047.2047.9048.6049.3050.00
Recycled0.000.000.000.000.000.000.000.000.601.302.002.703.404.104.805.506.206.907.608.309.009.7010.4011.1011.8012.5013.2013.9014.6015.3016.0016.7017.4018.1018.8019.5020.2020.9021.6022.3023.0023.7024.4025.1025.8026.5027.2027.9028.6029.3030.0030.7031.4032.1032.8033.5034.2034.9035.6036.3037.0037.7038.4039.1039.8040.5041.2041.9042.6043.3044.00

Estimates of the proportion of plastic waste discarded, recycled, and incinerated.

Geyer et al. (2017) note an average linear rate of increase in recycling of 0.7% per year from 1990 onwards, and 0.7% per year for incineration from 1980 onwards.

Data for 1980-2015 is based on historical estimates. Data from 2016-2050 is based solely on the extrapolation of consistent growth trends of 0.7% for recycling and incineration; it therefore represents business-as-usual growth but should not be interpreted as a direct projection.

Source: Geyer et al. (2017) Production, use, and fate of all plastics ever made.