Of the 30 billion plastic bottles used annually by British households, only 57 percent are currently recycled.
Now that half of this is dumped, half of all recycled plastic bottles are lost.
About 700,000 plastic bottles per day end up as waste.
This is largely due to plastic packaging around bottles that are not recyclable.
Bottles make an important contribution to the increasing amount of plastic waste in the world's oceans.
Researchers warned that eight million tonnes of plastics are currently finding their way to the ocean every year – the equivalent of one truckload per minute.
The amount of plastic waste in the world's oceans will outweigh fish by 2050 unless the world takes drastic measures to further recycle, a report released in 2016 revealed.
At the current speed, this will deteriorate to four truckloads per minute in 2050 and surpass indigenous life to become the largest mass inhabiting the oceans.
An overwhelming 95 percent of the plastic packaging – worth £ 65 – £ 92 billion – is lost to the economy after one-time use, according to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation report.
And available research estimates that today there are more than 150 million tons of plastic in the ocean.
Plastic pollution is ruining the world's ecosystems, both at sea and on land. It littered banks, faltered animals and stifled entire populations of animals
Scientists have warned that so much plastic is dumped into the sea every year that it would fill five bags for every foot of coastline on the planet.
More than half of the plastic waste that flows into the oceans comes from just five countries: China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Sri Lanka.
The only industrialized western country on the list of top 20 plastic emitters is the United States at number 20.
The US and Europe do not manage their collected waste incorrectly, so the plastic waste that comes from those countries is due to litter, researchers said.
While China is responsible for 2.4 million tons of plastic that finds its way to the ocean, nearly 28 percent of the world's total, the United States contributes only 77,000 tons, which is less than one percent, according to the study published in the journal Science .
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