17 Apr '18, 2pm

How does #plastic end up in the ocean? Here are 3 ways. #PassOnPlastic #CHOGM2018

Even if you live hundreds of miles from the coast, the plastic you throw away could make its way into the sea. Once in the ocean, plastic decomposes very slowly, breaking down in to tiny pieces known as micro plastics that can be incredibly damaging to sea life. 80% of plastic in our oceans is from land sources – but what does that really mean? Where is it coming from? There are three main ways the plastic we use every day ends up in the oceans. Throwing plastic in the bin when it could be recycled Plastic you put in the bin ends up in landfill. When rubbish is being transported to landfill, plastic is often blown away because it’s so lightweight. From there, it can eventually clutter around drains and enter rivers and the sea this way. Littering Litter dropped on the street doesn’t stay there. Rainwater and wind carries plastic waste into streams and rivers, and through d...

Full article: https://www.wwf.org.uk/updates/how-does-plastic-end-ocean...

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