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Types of waste seen in the mountains

Globally, 69% of respondents declared seeing waste every time or most of the time they go to the mountains, and only 0.2% declared never seeing any waste at all. The most commonly seen types of waste are by far hard plastics (88% ), such as bottles, and soft plastics (87%) such as packaging. According to respondents, organic waste (72%) is the second most seen type of waste in the mountains. In the same category, human waste such as faeces and urine (61%) are the third most seen. Other sorts of waste are less likely observed in mountains, but still 56% of respondents declared having seen glass, 40% have seen metal waste, while 39% have seen synthetic fabrics such as the ones used in mountain equipment. The less seen waste groups are hazardous waste, such as oil or fuel batteries (6,2%) and electronic waste (10.7%).

Year: 2022

From collection: Plastics on the Peak: The 2021 Global Mountain Waste Survey

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