Global primary plastic waste generation by polymer type, measured in tonnes per year. Polymer types are as follows: LDPE (Low-density polyethylene); HDPE (High-density polyethylene); PP (Polypropylene); PS (Polystyrene); PVC (Polyvinyl chloride); PET (Polyethylene terephthalate); PUT (Polyurethanes); and PP&A fibres (Polyphthalamide fibres). Polymers have been coloured based on recyclability where blue is widely recycled; yellow is sometimes recycled depending on local context; and red is usually non-recyclable
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