As noted, 76 percent of all the plastic ever produced is now waste. Of this, a mere nine percent has been recycled and 12 percent has been incinerated. Nearly 80 percent of all plastic waste has accumulated in landfills or the natural environment. Back in 2015, the same team of researchers estimated that around eight million tons of plastic poured into the ocean in 2010 . The researchers predict that, if things continue the way they are now, around 12 billion metric tons of plastic waste will have entered into landfills or the environment by 2050.