Sat 12 Nov 2022 | 8:14 p.m.
At the twenty-seventh session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP27), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime focused on combating the trade illicit waste and plastic pollution, according to a United Nations (UN) report.
And the bureau said in a statement released by it, the world produces billions of tons of solid waste, especially plastic, each year, and much of it is mismanaged.
Up to 40% of waste is burned in public and unenclosed spaces, emitting greenhouse gases into the atmosphere and exacerbating the climate crisis by polluting drinking water and agricultural land.
“The waste sector is a significant contributor to climate change. According to some estimates, it contributes 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions.
The cycle of making and using plastics consumes 6% of the world’s oil production and carbon is heavily emitted during disposal, especially if burned in the open air.
In addition, plastic waste pollutes terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems (seas and oceans), and global estimates indicate that by 2050 the proportion of materials that could exceed plastic in the seas is the percentage of fish (by weight).