Mass production and consumption of all kinds of materials have led to disastrous results. Among these materials, plastic remains the most problematic. This is mainly due to its decomposition rate, and the variety of ways in which it is harming not only the environment but also the marine life. The countries where mass production takes place on a huge scale, is currently producing tonnes of plastic waste.
Not all countries are capable of handling plastic waste though. Among the major exporters of plastic waste are countries that are also considered global economic leaders; namely the United States, Germany and Japan. Following them on ranks fourth and fifth are France and Italy respectively. All these countries have been giving out massive plastic exports to countries that are not fully equipped with dealing with plastic waste on such a huge scale.
Among the countries that imported plastic, China used to be one of the major importers. but eventually disappeared from the scene. So even countries that have resources to handle their plastic waste, have it to such an extent that they have to export to countries that are willing to import. Have a look at the infographic below to catch some major names in the list of plastic importers.
Infographic by: Statista