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Eight million tons of plastic is dumped at sea each year...that's five whole bags-full for every foot of the world's coastline
- China topped the league, accounting for up to 3.5 million tons a year
- Other main offenders are Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam and Sri Lanka
- United States contributes just 77,000 tons, which is less than 1%
By Fiona Macrae, Daily Mail, Feb 12, 2015
So much plastic is dumped into the sea each year that it would fill five carrier bags for every foot of coastline on the planet, scientists have warned.
Around 8million tons of plastic bottles, bags, toys and other plastic rubbish ends up in the world’s oceans each year.
The ‘staggering’ total is much higher than previous estimates – and enough to leave an area around 25 times the size of Manchester ankle-deep in plastic waste.