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  • Writer's pictureThe Circulate Initiative

Your plastic waste is heating up the planet

Updated: May 26, 2022

A new tool helps investors calculate climate impact of recycling


Author: Rob Kaplan

As COP26 leaders gather in Glasgow in two weeks to seek ways to take collective actions that can mitigate the effects of climate change, one important area for them to address is plastic waste pollution. While on the face of it ocean plastic may seem to be an environmental crisis wholly separate from climate change, new studies confirm it’s just the opposite: plastic pollution contributes to climate change. And now for the first time, thanks to a new research tool, we can measure exactly how much improving plastic waste management is reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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