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A new report published by the Changing Markets Foundation has shed light on the world's worst companies for plastic pollution, along with the steps they are taking to obstruct and undermine legislative solutions aimed at tackling an unprecedented plastic waste crisis, Niall McCarthy of Statista wrote.

Out of the top-eight plastic producers on the planet, five are American. The report focused on companies that actually took the step of announcing the amount of plastic they produce.

Coca-Cola was named as the company with the largest plastic footprint on earth with 2.9 million metric tons (MMT) of plastic packaging produced annually while its biggest competitor, Pepsico, comes second with 2.3 MMT. Swizerland's Nestlé is in third place with 1.7 MMT. Danone of France is fourth with 820,000 MT, followed by Procter & Gamble of the US with 714,000 MT, Unilever, a British-Dutch company with 700,000 MT. Colgate-Palmolive of the US with 287,008 MT and Mars, also a US company, with 184,000 MT.

As of 2020, approximately 40 countries around the globe have introduced a bottle deposit system, according to the report, including Germany, Iceland, Ecuador, the Netherlands, Croatia and all of Scandinavia. In the United States, it has been introduced in 10 states - California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Oregon and Vermont (as well as Guam). It is also up and running across much of Canada.

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