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Images: Global challenges of plastic pollution

A simple walk on any beach, anywhere, and the plastic waste spectacle is present.

All over the world the statistics are ever growing; indeed, staggeringly. Tons of plastic debris is discarded every year, everywhere, polluting lands, rivers, coasts, beaches, and oceans. Plastic debris can vary in size from large containers, fishing nets to microscopic plastic pellets or even particles.

Environmentalists have long denounced plastic as a long-lasting pollutant that does not fully break down, in other terms, not biodegradable.

The UN Environment states that an estimated 8 million tons of plastic waste find their way into the planet’s oceans every year.

Plastic waste

Plastic bottle scavengers and their wares at the Epe Landfill Site/EcoPark in Lagos, Nigeria

Plastic waste Indonesia

Plastic is strewn across a beach in Bali, Indonesia

Ivory Coast plastic waste

A man gathers plastic at a waste water evacuation canal in the Ebrie Lagoon, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

Myanmar Plastic waste

Plastic clogs up a waterway in Yangon, Myanmar

Indonesia plastic waste

A cat sits on a beach in Aceh Province, Indonesia, surrounded by plastic waste

USA plastic pollution

Plastic pollution at the mouth of the Los Angeles River, Long Beach, California, USA

Turtle-eats-plastic

A turtle eating plastic

 

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