Plastic was found as a convenient way to conduct our lives. Be it shopping, drinking or making durable products. Now the use of it has crossed millions of tons much of it entering oceans and landfills. This is a health hazard to marine life (on which we depend to a large extent) as well as humans. Burning of plastic creates noxious gases which are detrimental to health. Soil degradation is another peril. Recycling seems to be a solution to some extent.
Shown below is a from a news by Greenpeace in February 2020.