Switzerland not spared from plastic pollution, says new report

Switzerland not spared from plastic pollution, says new report
Switzerland not spared from plastic pollution, says new report

Published on May 24, 2024 at 00:17. / Modified on May 24, 2024 at 00:17.

The dispersal of plastic waste in nature is not a problem confined to developing countries: Switzerland is also faced with “significant” plastic pollution, according to a report published on May 23 by the plastics consultancy firm sustainability Earth Action (EA), based in Lausanne. Its authors thus hope to have influence in the political debate, while around twenty parliamentary objects on plastic pollution have been tabled as part of the next summer session of the Federal Chambers.

For this new study, EA scientists modeled the flows of plastics prevalent in the environment in Switzerland based on different sources. They estimate that nearly 4,800 tonnes of plastic are dispersed in the air, water and soil each year. The Confederation’s recent estimate was around 14,000 tonnes. “These variable figures are explained by the different calculation methodologies. However, they remain in the same order of magnitude. We are talking about thousands of tonnes in both cases, via independent calculation approaches, which confirms the severity of this pollution,” says Julien Boucher, co-director of EA, one of the authors of the study.

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