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Where does the plastic in the ocean originate?

Posted on November 05 2012

Question submitted by Trinity-Pawling School

The plastic in the ocean originates with people.  It has been dumped into the ocean from ships and from land, blown into the ocean, brought in by rain runoff and by rivers polluted by plastic.  It comes from a society used to single-use plastics who don’t dispose of them thoughtfully.  It comes from industry and households.  It’s here because it’s an inexpensive, useful material that lasts for a long time, including as debris in the ocean.