US and UK citizens are world’s biggest sources of plastic waste – study

US population may also be third-largest producer of marine plastic pollution

The US and UK produce more plastic waste per person than any other major countries, according to new research.

The analysis also shows the US produces the most plastic waste in total and that its citizens may rank as high as third in the world in contributing to plastic pollution in the oceans. Previous work had suggested Asian countries dominated marine plastic pollution and placed the US in 20th place, but this did not account for US waste exports or illegal dumping within the country.

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