The UK produces 3 million tonnes of plastic waste each year. Approximately 85% is landfilled, 8% incinerated and 7% recycled (www.recyclenow.com)

Plastics consumption is growing about 4% every year in Western Europe. (www.wasteonline.org.uk)

Plastics makes up around 7% of the average household dustbin. (www.wasteonline.org.uk)

Plastic waste, such as plastic bags, often becomes litter. For example, nearly 57% of litter found on beaches in 2003 was plastic.

It is estimated that 4% of the world's annual oil production is used as a feedstock for plastics production and an additional 3-4% during manufacture.