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In a study published in Science Advance, researchers estimate since the 1950s 8.3 billion tons of plastic has been generated around the world and only 9 per cent of those plastics have been recycled. It is estimated that an additional 12 billion tonnes of plastic will be lost to disposal by 2050.


1. Study: The impact of debris on marine life, 2015

2. Plastic Oceans Foundation Canada

3. City of Vancouver

4. Study: Production, use, and fate of all plastics ever made (Science Advance), 2017

5. A million bottles a minute: world's plastic binge 'as dangerous as climate change'

6. Environment Canada

7. National Geographic

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