22 Big Companies That Are Getting Rid of Plastic for Good (2022)

Earth Day was born on April 22nd, 1970—and nearly 50 years later, the attention it brings to our declining environment has never been more important.

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Ready for some staggering facts? Up to one trillion plastic bags are used worldwide each year. And unfortunately, it’s estimated that only around 5 percent of those bags actually get recycled. It gets worse: According to the Ocean Conservancy,our oceans are filled with more than 150 million tons of plastic. A major contributor is the 500 million straws that Americans use daily, reports National Geographic. On a global scale, almost 300 million tons of plastic are produced annually—half of which is single-use products. In an effort to cut back and reduce their massive carbon footprints, big companies are doing away with single-use items (including straws and bags), enacting sustainability initiatives—and already making an impact. In celebration of Earth Day, here’s a rundown of those companies leading the charge against plastic.

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings

Last year, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings announced they were saying bon voyage to single-use plastic straws across its fleet of 26 ships. And that’s not all—two of their island destinations—Great Stirrup Cay and Harvest Caye (in the Bahamas and Belize) are banning single-use plastic straws too. The impact? The elimination of more than 50 million straws across its fleet every year.

Evian

It’s estimated that one million plastic bottles are sold around the world each minute. But, by 2021? Humans will have used half a trillion plastic bottles per year. Evian wants to rectify how they’ve contributed to the issue, reports Fast Company. By 2025, they plan on producing all their plastic bottles from 100 percent recycled plastic. To put in perspective—most bottled water companies average around 6 percent to 7 percent recycled plastic in their products.

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McDonald’s

In summer of 2018, MarketWatch reported that McDonald’s plans to stock their 36,000 restaurants in 122 locations around the globe with packaging—including straws—that are from renewable, recycled, or certified sustainable sources. By 2025, all their locations will be compliant; currently, only half of McDonald’s customer packaging comes from renewable, recycled or certified sources and nearly two-thirds of fiber-based packaging comes from certified or recycled sources.

American Airlines

Not only is American Airlines banning plastic straws and stirrers on their flights, but they’re also planning to phase out single-use plastic in their lounges around the world. This means the end of straws being served with drinks while plastic water bottles and flatware will no longer be offered and reusable bags will pack up to-go orders. American Airlines expects this new initiative to eliminate 71,000 pounds of plastic waste annually.

Guinness

Soon you’ll be able to sip your Guinness with green pride that goes beyond Irish solidarity: Diageo, the British beverage giant that bottles the classic beer, recently announced they’ll be eliminating all plastic from their beer packaging and replacing it with 100 percent biodegradable—or recyclable—cardboard. They’re investing $21 million to get rid of plastic ring four-pack and six-pack holders, along with all shrink-wrapping, and they’ll be rolling out the changes to their other beer brands, Smithwick and Harp.

Sodexo

Foodservice company Sodexo provides around 13,000 cafeteria-style meals and concessions to schools, workplaces, and venues each year. They began a new sustainability plan in 2019 that eliminates 245 million single-use items at their locations. Plastic bags and stirrers are no longer available—and they’re moving towards making plastic straws available by request only. By 2025, they plan to get rid of polystyrene foam items such as cups, lids, and food containers too.

Red Lobster

By November 2019, Red Lobster’s 700 restaurants will offer plastic straws upon customer request. The hope is to offer an eco-friendlier alternative to straws by 2020. Red Lobster estimates this shift will eliminate more than 150 million plastic straws per year. This is part of the company’s effort to reduce the marine plastic pollution problem that is killing millions of marine animals each year.

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United Airlines

United Airlines has banned plastic straws and cocktail picks on their flights—and beginning in November 2019, they’ll have a biodegradable bamboo alternative. United Airlines felt this was an important switch to make because of the fact that straws don’t biodegrade and are nearly impossible to recycle.

Carlsberg

You know those plastic rings that hold a six-pack of beer together? Danish brewer Carlsberg will be the first beer producer to ditch them. Instead, they’ll use recyclable glue to hold their cans together. Carlsberg is eliminating 1200 tons of plastic per year—and reducing the amount of plastic used in traditional multipacks by up to 76 percent.

The Walt Disney Company

Roughly 175 million straws and 13 million stirrers are used at all Disney theme parks and resorts each year. To eliminate that waste, the Walt Disney Company will ban single-use plastic straws and stirrers by summer of 2019. Disney also plans to cut down on single-use plastic bags with reusable shopping bags that patrons can opt to buy instead. And, Disney has plans to reduce the amount of plastic in guest rooms by 80 percent.

Nestlé

In 2019, Nestlé, which is the world’s largest packaged food company, eliminated all plastic straws in its products. As part of this commitment to reducing waste, they’re also transitioning Nesquik drinks from plastic to paper containers while Nestlé Waters will increase the recycled PET content in its bottles to 50 percent in the United States. And, by 2025, Nestlé has pledged to make 100 percent of ALL its product’s packaging recyclable or reusable.

Starbucks

By 2020, Starbucks plans to eliminate all plastic straws from their 28,000 stores. Now, how will that affect customers with a hankering for iced coffee or tea? In lieu of straws, all cold beverages will use a recyclable, strawless plastic lid. And for frothier drinks like Frappuccinos, which are straw-dependent? Starbucks will offer straws (made via materials like paper and compostable plastic)—but only by request. They estimate their plans will eliminate more than one billion plastic straws each year.

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Hyatt

Last year, Hyatt announced plans to eliminate single-use plastic straws and drink picks, making then only available by request at their properties. Hyatt is also offering “eco-friendly alternatives” for other products. Since 2008, Hyatt has collaborated with Clean the World, a non-profit that collects used soap and shampoo products from hotels, recycles them, and then donates them to communities in need.

Sea World Entertainment

SeaWorld Entertainment is on a mission to protect animals and habitats worldwide—and cemented their dedication to the cause in 2018. They eliminated single-use plastic straws and bags from all 12 of its theme parks. It’s estimated that eight million metric tons of plastics enter the ocean each year.

Method Cleaning Products

Since plastics make up almost 13 percent of the municipal solid waste generated, and the largest plastic waste contributors are containers and packaging—cleaning brand Method is all about reducing the carbon footprint of their products. A big step is making all their 1-PET plastic bottles, including handwash, dish soap, and spray cleaners, from 100 percent PCR (post-consumer resin, which has about a 70 percent lower carbon footprint than virgin plastic).

Clifbar

The power bar company is a trailblazer in its commitment to zero waste. On Earth Day 2001, they made the switch to recycled paper. Today, they no longer shrink-wrap boxes of their bars—and the boxes themselves are made from 100 percent recycled paperboard.

Kroger Supermarkets

Up to 1 trillion plastic bags are used worldwide each year and only about 5 percent of them are recycled. To make a dent, approximately 2800 Kroger-owned grocery stores across the country will do away with packing up their customer’s groceries in plastic bags. Seattle based Quality Food Centers (QFC) is the first Kroger owned store that’s already put this plan into effect with the other stores right behind.

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Marriott International

At the start of 2019, Marriott started phasing out plastic straws from their London hotels—and announced they’ll completely eliminate plastic straws and stirrers from all their properties worldwide by the end of 2019. With more than 6,500 locations, Marriott estimates they use around 1 billion straws and 250 million stirrers per year.

Delta

Delta Airlines is on track to reduce its plastic waste by an estimated 300,000 pounds a year. They’ll remove a variety of single-use plastic items—including stir sticks, wrappers, utensils, and straws—from planes and lounges. By mid-2019, bamboo straws will available for cold drinks, and birch wood stirrers for hot drinks and Delta One’s Tumi kits will also no longer be wrapped in plastic.

Whole Foods

In 2007, after estimating they were distributing 150 million plastic bags a year, Whole Foods became one of the first grocery store chains to eliminate a plastic bag option, reports the New York Times. That’s when they started offering customers a choice between recycled paper or reusable bags. After a trial run in Toronto and Texas stores, the no plastic bag ban took effect at all Whole Food locations on Earth Day 2008.

IKEA

In 2008, IKEAwas also a leader in the elimination of plastic bags. They rolled out a policy so customers could purchase an IKEA blue bag for $.59 or use their own. 92% of Ikea shoppers choose reusable bags over plastic ones—and the policy is still in effect today.

Ethique Beauty

Since 2012, Ethique has changed the beauty industry by being the first zero-waste beauty brand—their shampoo, conditioner, and body wash aren’t packaged in traditional plastic bottles. Instead, the products are made in “bar” form and arrive packaged in cardboard boxes. You simply add water to use—then recycle or compost the packaging. With 80 billion bottles from shampoo and conditioner used around the world every year, Ethique has prevented over 3 million bottles, jars, and tubes from being made. They aim to take that number to 10 million by 2025.

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FAQs

What companies waste the most plastic? ›

ExxonMobil tops the list – contributing 5.9 million tonnes to global plastic waste – closely followed by US chemicals company Dow and China's Sinopec.

What are companies doing to reduce single-use plastic? ›

The 'Plastic Pact' is a group of businesses that are working towards completely eliminating unnecessary single-use plastics. And for all plastic packaging to be reusable, recyclable, or compostable with 70% to be recycled or composted by 2025.

What is the best solution to the plastic problem? ›

Wherever you live, the easiest and most direct way that you can get started is by reducing your own use of single-use plastics. Single-use plastics include plastic bags, water bottles, straws, cups, utensils, dry cleaning bags, take-out containers, and any other plastic items that are used once and then discarded.

Which company is plastic free? ›

Dabur India, India's largest Ayurveda company said it has become a complete plastic waste neutral firm in the country after collecting, processing and recycling around 27,000 metric tonnes of post-consumer plastic waste during FY21-22.

What companies reduce waste? ›

Top 10 Zero Waste Companies Pushing for a Sustainable Future
  • Subaru. Source: treehugger.com. ...
  • Unilever. Source: unilever.com. ...
  • Procter & Gamble. Source: us.pg.com. ...
  • Google. Source: sustainability.google. ...
  • Mars, Inc. Source: wemeanbusinesscoalition.org. ...
  • Sierra Nevada. Source: sierranevada.com. ...
  • RTS. Source: rts.com. ...
  • TerraCycle.
5 Jan 2021

Who is dumping plastic into the ocean? ›

More than half of the plastic waste that flows into the oceans comes from just five countries. They are China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Sri Lanka. The U.S. is ranked No. 20.

Who is the largest plastic producer in the world? ›

In 2019, global plastics production almost reached 370 million tons. In Europe, in the same year, it almost reached 58 million tons. China is currently the world's largest producer of plastics, with around 31% of the overall production of plastics worldwide (Figure 1). China is also the biggest exporter of plastics.

What food companies use the most plastic? ›

Plastic Pollution

With 13,834 branded items found in 51 countries, Coca-Cola had by far the largest plastic footprint in 2020, followed by fellow consumer goods giants Nestlé, Colgate-Palmolive and Unilever.

How can companies stop plastic pollution? ›

You can: transition away from unnecessary single-use plastics used in your business. ask your suppliers to use sustainable alternatives. shift to easily recyclable plastics such as PET, HDPE, LDPE and PP.

Why companies are reducing plastic use? ›

Reducing the use of plastic is essential because plastic production requires an enormous amount of energy and resources. This causes carbon emissions and contributes to global warming. Recycling plastic is inefficient – only 9% of plastic ever produced has been recycled.

What large companies are phasing out plastic to pack their products? ›

Woolworths, Coles, Aldi and big food manufacturers have committed to making all plastic packaging reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025.

What is the first step to solve the problem of plastic waste? ›

Plastic arrives as packaging

The first step to solving any problem is to measure it. This is often challenging for plastics, due to lack of data on where they come from and end up. A major part of our analysis was repurposing trade statistics to make up for limited data.

How can I buy food without plastic? ›

Choose what goes into your shopping basket based on your personal needs.
  1. Cloth shopping bags. This is your handy, reusable bag to put everything into when you're done. ...
  2. Reusable bulk food bags. ...
  3. Net or mesh bags. ...
  4. Beeswax wrapping. ...
  5. Spice containers. ...
  6. Mason jars. ...
  7. Larger stainless steel or glass containers. ...
  8. Glass bottles.

Is silicone A plastic? ›

What is Silicone? The plastics industry considers silicone a plastic, and so do we, regardless of much of the green marketing claiming it is not a plastic. Technically, silicone could be considered part of the rubber family.

Who is the biggest recycling company? ›

1. Waste Management, Inc. Waste Management tops the list of the 5 biggest recycling companies in the world. Founded in 1968 in Chicago, Illinois, Waste Management (NYSE: WM) is a waste management, comprehensive waste, and environmental services company in North America.

What is the best waste company? ›

10 Topmost Solid Waste Management Companies All Over the World, 2021
  • Waste Management, Inc:
  • SUEZ:
  • Veolia:
  • Biffa plc:
  • Covanta Holding Corporation:
  • Republic Services, Inc:
  • Remondis SE & Co. KG:
  • GFL Environmental Services:
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What is a zero waste company? ›

Zero waste is a philosophy that utilizes the implementation of strategy, resources, and innovative tools in order to completely eliminate waste rather than manage it via landfill. Zero waste companies are not only beneficial for the environment but also the economy and many communities around the world.

Which country pollutes the most plastic? ›

Here are the 10 countries with the most plastic pollution:
  • India - 12,994,100 tons.
  • China - 12,272,200 tons.
  • Philippines - 4,025,300 tons.
  • Brazil - 3,296,700 tons.
  • Nigeria - 1,948,950 tons.
  • Tanzania - 1,716,400 tons.
  • Turkey - 1,656,110 tons.
  • Egypt - 1,435,510 tons.

Which country has most plastic waste? ›

Countries Producing The Most Plastic Waste
RankCountryPlastic waste per capita kilograms per year
1United States105.3
2United Kingdom98.66
3South Korea88.09
4Germany81.16
6 more rows
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Who pollutes the ocean the most? ›

These 10 countries are the biggest contributors to marine plastic pollution – new analysis
  • China (21.5 billion kg)
  • Brazil (10.6 billion kg)
  • Indonesia (9.1 billion kg)
  • Russian Federation (8.4 billion kg)
  • Germany (6.6 billion kg)
  • United Kingdom (6.4 billion kg)
  • Mexico (5.9 billion kg)
  • Japan (4.8 billion kg)

Which country is best at recycling? ›

Germany. Germany is leading the way in waste management and recycling. With the introduction of their recycling scheme the country has been able to reduce their total waste by 1 million tons every year. Germany recycles 70% of all waste produced, this is the most in the world.

Who invented plastic? ›

Its inventor, the Birmingham-born artisan-cum-chemist Alexander Parkes, patented this new material in 1862 as Parkesine. Considered the first manufactured plastic, it was a cheap and colourful substitute for ivory or tortoiseshell.

Does Pepsi use plastic? ›

Coca-Cola estimates it produces 120 billion bottles of single-use plastic each year, while a report from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation said PepsiCo consumes 2.3 million metric tons of plastic annually.

Who sells the most plastic? ›

U.S.-based oil and gas giant, Exxon Mobil, generated 6.5 million tons of single-use plastic waste in 2019 — the most of any company. The company had revenue of $178.2 billion in 2020 and a loss of $22.4 billion, based on Forbes figures. Producers of consumer products are the main culprits of single-use plastic waste.

What are the 4 main plastic polluters? ›

The letter coordinated by environmental not-for-profit City to Sea, calls on the 5 biggest plastic polluters; Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Nestle, Unilever, and Procter & Gamble to tackle their plastic pollution impact by switching from single-use to affordable and accessible refillable and reusable packaging.

Is chewing gum made of plastic? ›

An ingredient listed as “gum base” in many gum formulas is plastic, and it's the aspect of the gum that gives it its chewiness. Most supermarket gum's gum base is a mix of plastic and different chemicals, including polyethylene, which can be found in plastic bags and bottles, according to plasticchange.org.

How can the government help plastic pollution? ›

Legislation signed today requires all plastic packaging in California to be recycled at the following levels: At least 30 percent on and after January 1, 2028. At least 40 percent on and after January 1, 2030. At least 65 percent on and after January 1, 2032.

Why do companies use so much plastic? ›

It often comes down to one thing: money. Packaging items in plastic, including for e-commerce shipping, is often the cheapest option for brands. The push for plastic isn't empathetic. It shows how disconnected companies truly are from the desires of their customers and the demands of the planet.

Will banning plastic help speech? ›

Ban on plastic bags can help in reducing the manufacturing of it and encourage recycling and reuse hence reducing the amount of litter.To reserve the animal and bird species, and to protect our ecosystem banning of plastics bags can be helpful.

How will plastic affect the future? ›

By 2020, the exponential growth in plastic production increased that figure to about 400 MT. At this rate, plastic production is expected to double by 2040 and increase by 2.5 times by 2050. Unless we change how we make and manage plastics, the problem of plastic pollution will keep on growing.

Does reducing plastic help climate change? ›

Compared with business-as-usual, a circular economy could cut the volume of plastics entering our oceans by 80% each year, according to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. It could also generate annual savings of $200 billion, reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25% and create 700,000 net additional jobs by 2040.

Are Nestle water bottles recyclable? ›

All brands will include a new message on the labels of the 20oz, 700mL, 1L and 1.5L bottles, stating they are both 100% recyclable and are made from 100% recycled plastic.

How much of Nestle packaging is recyclable? ›

To achieve this, our commitment is that 100% of our packaging is recyclable or reusable by 2025. To date, 85.4% of our total packaging is already recyclable or reusable, but we know we have more work to do.

Is plastic banned in Australia? ›

The ACT Government's ban on single-use plastic cutlery, drink stirrers and polystyrene food and beverage containers commenced 1 July 2021, with straws, cotton bud sticks and degradable plastics phased out on 1 July 2022.

How do you make a plastic free lifestyle essay? ›

Advice for those new to the plastic-free lifestyle is simple: “A good starting point is to live a week as you normally would, making note of every single-use plastic item that you use. Then the following week, pick the top five and make a concentrated effort to eliminate or reduce these items from your daily life.

Who is responsible for the left over plastic from the products we buy? ›

When it comes down to it, there are three main groups that are considered most responsible for plastic pollution: individuals, governments, and producers.

What are the two most used and thrown away plastic items? ›

Cigarette butts — whose filters contain tiny plastic fibers — are the most common type of plastic waste found in the environment. Food wrappers, plastic bottles, plastic bottle caps, plastic grocery bags, plastic straws, and stirrers are the next most common items.

Can roads be made of plastic? ›

Since plastic roads are a relatively new idea, construction processes vary. In Jamshedpur, India, roads are created from a mix of plastic and bitumen. In Indonesia, roads are also being built using a plastic-asphalt mix in many areas including Bali, Surabaya, Bekasi, Makassar, Solo, and Tangerang.

Can plastic be used as a fuel? ›

One of the most popular processes in converting plastic waste into fuel is called pyrolysis. This technique requires heating the plastics at a very high temperature. Materials are separated and this allows for them to be reused in an eco friendly way.

How much plastic is in the ocean? ›

There is now 5.25 trillion macro and micro pieces of plastic in our ocean & 46,000 pieces in every square mile of ocean, weighing up to 269,000 tonnes. Every day around 8 million pieces of plastic makes their way into our oceans.

What country has the least plastic pollution? ›

Rwanda. Rwanda became the world's first 'plastic-free' nation in 2009, 10 years after it introduced a ban on all plastic bags and plastic packaging. Anyone who is caught with a plastic item faces a jail sentence of up to six months.

How can we melt plastic without pollution? ›

One easy way to melt plastic is using an oven. Just place the plastic in a heat-proof container and melt it in the oven at 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Open some nearby windows and turn on your oven's fan while the plastic melts to get rid of any toxic fumes. You can also melt plastic using a heat gun.

What plastic Cannot be recycled? ›

The difference in the recyclability of plastic types can be down to how they are made; thermoset plastics contain polymers that form irreversible chemical bonds and cannot be recycled, whereas thermoplastics can be re-melted and re-molded.

What companies are trying to stop ocean pollution? ›

Here are 15 such organisations that are working hard to make sure that the oceans remain healthy and beautiful.
  • Ocean Conservancy. ...
  • Surfrider Foundation. ...
  • Oceana. ...
  • Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. ...
  • Take 3. ...
  • Green Peace. ...
  • The 5 Gyres Institute. ...
  • Oceanic Preservation Society.
5 Feb 2019

Which industry contributes the most to plastic pollution? ›

Packaging is therefore the dominant generator of plastic waste, responsible for almost half of the global total. In 2015, primary plastics production was 407 million tonnes; around three-quarters (302 million tonnes) ended up as waste.

Who is the biggest plastic manufacturer? ›

Dow Chemical Company

Who is the largest plastic manufacturer in the world? As of 2020, Dow ranks number 1 on our list of the top 10 plastic manufacturing companies in the world. Dow is a chemical corporation headquartered in Midland, Michigan, United States.

Who dumps plastic in the ocean? ›

The top three countries are India, China, and Indonesia. All 15 countries dump the equivalent weight of 2,403 whales' worth of plastic into the ocean. India is responsible for 126.5 million kg of plastic. “Over 70.7 million kg of the plastic that ends up in the ocean comes from China.

What are 7 oceans of the world? ›

The Seven Seas include the Arctic, North Atlantic, South Atlantic, North Pacific, South Pacific, Indian, and Southern oceans.

What companies are saving the ocean? ›

5 Companies Saving The Oceans Through Sustainability
  • Patagonia. If you're interested in sustainability and have an adventurous spirit, you have undoubtedly heard of Patagonia before. ...
  • United By Blue. ...
  • Conscious Step. ...
  • Norton Point. ...
  • Econyl.
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What is take 3 for the sea? ›

The Take 3 for the Sea movement was born. Whether you're in mountains, forests, deserts or cities – you need the ocean. And the ocean needs you. Take 3 is leading a movement of people who are connected to the planet to remove plastic pollution from the environment and support measures to prevent waste and pollution.

Which country uses the most plastic? ›

Net single-use plastic waste generation worldwide 2019, by select country. China generated the most single-use plastic waste in 2019, at 25.4 million metric tons. This was followed by the United States, where an estimated 17.2 million metric tons of single-use plastic waste was generated.

Is plastic pollution getting better? ›

The report finds that the COVID-19 crisis led to a 2.2% decrease in plastics use in 2020 as economic activity slowed, but a rise in littering, food takeaway packaging and plastic medical equipment such as masks has driven up littering. As economic activity resumed in 2021, plastics consumption has also rebounded.

Which country pollutes the ocean the most? ›

These 10 countries are the biggest contributors to marine plastic pollution – new analysis
  • China (21.5 billion kg)
  • Brazil (10.6 billion kg)
  • Indonesia (9.1 billion kg)
  • Russian Federation (8.4 billion kg)
  • Germany (6.6 billion kg)
  • United Kingdom (6.4 billion kg)
  • Mexico (5.9 billion kg)
  • Japan (4.8 billion kg)

Who is the largest plastic polluter? ›

At the current rate, the amount of plastics discharged into the ocean could reach up to 53 MMT per year by 2030, roughly half of the total weight of fish caught from the ocean annually, a US report said.

Who invented plastic? ›

Its inventor, the Birmingham-born artisan-cum-chemist Alexander Parkes, patented this new material in 1862 as Parkesine. Considered the first manufactured plastic, it was a cheap and colourful substitute for ivory or tortoiseshell.

What country is the biggest plastic producer? ›

In 2019, global plastics production almost reached 370 million tons. In Europe, in the same year, it almost reached 58 million tons. China is currently the world's largest producer of plastics, with around 31% of the overall production of plastics worldwide (Figure 1). China is also the biggest exporter of plastics.

Which country pollutes the most plastic? ›

Here are the 10 countries with the most plastic pollution:
  • India - 12,994,100 tons.
  • China - 12,272,200 tons.
  • Philippines - 4,025,300 tons.
  • Brazil - 3,296,700 tons.
  • Nigeria - 1,948,950 tons.
  • Tanzania - 1,716,400 tons.
  • Turkey - 1,656,110 tons.
  • Egypt - 1,435,510 tons.

Which country recycles the most plastic? ›

Germany. Germany is leading the way in waste management and recycling. With the introduction of their recycling scheme the country has been able to reduce their total waste by 1 million tons every year. Germany recycles 70% of all waste produced, this is the most in the world.

What country has the least plastic pollution? ›

Rwanda. Rwanda became the world's first 'plastic-free' nation in 2009, 10 years after it introduced a ban on all plastic bags and plastic packaging. Anyone who is caught with a plastic item faces a jail sentence of up to six months.

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