The Immortal Plastic Bag - Solutions for a Persistent Problem. 1 Trillion plastic bags are used globally every year, making them a main source for waste, and a very global problem. Recycling them isn't effective either, so most of them end up in landfills. This video shows options for reducing plastic bag waste in New York City, however it's a problem we face locally in Jordan as well. How do you think we can solve it?