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  • fig. S1. Global primary plastics production (in million metric tons) according to industrial use sector from 1950 to 2015.
  • fig. S2. Global primary plastics production (in million metric tons) according to polymer type from 1950 to 2015.
  • fig. S3. Global primary plastics waste generation (in million metric tons) according to industrial use sector from 1950 to 2015.
  • fig. S4. Global primary plastics waste generation (in million metric tons) according to polymer type from 1950 to 2015.
  • fig. S5. Estimated percentage of global (nonfiber) plastic waste recycled, incinerated, and discarded from 1950 to 2014 [(12, 13, 3442) and table S7].
  • fig. S6. Annual global primary and secondary plastic waste generation TW (t), recycling RW (t), incineration IW (t), and discard DW (t) (in million metric tons) from 1950 to 2014.
  • fig. S7. Projection of global trends in recycling, incineration, and discard of plastic waste from 1980 to 2014 (to the left of vertical black line) to 2050 (to the right of vertical black line).
  • table S1. Annual global polymer resin and fiber production in million metric tons (1215).
  • table S2. Share of total polymer resin production according to polymer type and industrial use sector calculated from data for Europe, the United States, China, and India covering the period 2002–2014 (12, 13, 1924).
  • table S3. Share of additive type in global plastics production from data covering the period 2000–2014 (17, 18).
  • table S4. Baseline mean values and SDs used to generate log-normal product lifetime distributions for the eight industrial use sectors used in this study (22, 2529).
  • table S5. Global primary plastics production and primary waste generation (in million metric tons) in 2015 according to industrial use sector.
  • table S6. Global primary plastics production and primary waste generation (in million metric tons) in 2015 according to polymer type/additive.
  • table S7. Additional data sources for U.S. plastics recycling and incineration.
  • table S8. Complete list of data sources.

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