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The long-term fates of land-disposed plastic waste

The large quantities of plastics stored in landfills and dumpsites are often overlooked when discussing plastic pollution. Improperly managed waste disposal sites can leak plastics to the environment, requiring immediate action. Mitigation must be supported by research to quantify the scale of the problem and prioritize efforts.

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Fig. 1: Global distribution and fate of disposed PW in SWDSs.


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Xunchang Fei thanks the supports from Debris of the Anthropocene to Resources (DotA2) Lab at NTU.

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Fei, X., Guo, Y., Wang, Y. et al. The long-term fates of land-disposed plastic waste. Nat Rev Earth Environ 3, 733–735 (2022).

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