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Global waste items found in oceans 2019

The International Coastal Ocean Cleanup is one of the largest volunteer efforts in the world dedicated to the health of oceans. Every year people gather along waterways, beaches, rivers, and even underwater sites to remove the garbage and litter that have collected in the area. They also record information about the debris collected thus, acting as a monitoring system which can lead to better waste management policies and product packaging designs. In 2019, plastic wrappers were the most commonly collected item with over 4.7 million pieces collected.

Effects of plastic ocean waste

Increasing pollution levels have rendered many beaches unsafe for human leisure. Often, litter that has found its way to rivers will eventually be transported towards the oceans, which has been especially noted from some major rivers in China and India. Marine pollution harms not only humans, but more directly impacts the marine environment and the wildlife that depends on the ocean for life. There have been hundreds of incidents noted where various species have been found entangled with marine debris or have even been found to have ingested garbage, often due to the debris being mistaken for nutrition.

Most common items found in the International Coastal Ocean Cleanup in 2019

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September 2019



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