While plastic has come to the forefront of environmental conversations this year, it seems as though plastic has also come to the attention of Britain’s Royal Statistical Society. That’s because the society has picked a plastic statistic generated from a UN report as its international statistic of the year. And what is that statistic? 90.5% of plastic never gets recycled.

Both the statistic, and the recognition by Britain’s Royal Statistical Society, shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, when single-use plastic and plastic pollution have been frequent news trends throughout the year. According to the BBC, “The environment and plastic waste has repeatedly made headlines in 2018, and “single-use” – referring to plastic waste – was named the word of the year.

Interestingly enough, in the UK category, the top stat was 27.8%, which was the highest percentage of all electricity which was generated by solar power. As the BBC reports, “Solar power became the UK’s number one source of electricity – beating gas and nuclear – at one point on 30 June, during the heatwave.” Needless to say, the environment was a headliner in 2018, and that doesn’t look to change anytime soon.

Meanwhile, read more of the latest conservation news below, including an article in the SFGate by one of the judges for The Royal Statistical Society’s International Statistic of the Year. You can subscribe to receive the top news delivered straight to your inbox.

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