Ocean Plastic

Plastics, Pollution, Poverty and Solutions: Recycling programs and solutions

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The Executive Summary

Plastic pollution is a problem that affects the entire world, polluting both land and water. According to Earthday.org: “Every minute, one garbage truck of plastic is dumped into our oceans … The amount of plastic in the ocean is set to increase tenfold by 2020.”

Huge plastic islands are floating in the ocean and coming ashore on small island nations. Some of the plastic can be recycled (PET), some plastic cannot be mass recycled (food packaging), and some plastic contains chemicals that should not be used again (BPA).

Some start-ups and organizations are coming up with solutions to plastic pollution that benefit poverty-stricken communities overwhelmed by plastic debris.

Since pollution from plastic waste affects the entire world and continues to grow, and China, which had been recycling around half of the world’s waste, is now refusing to accept some recyclables from other countries, solutions are needed to recycle the world’s plastic pollution washing up on all of the world’s shores.