We Just Dumped 11 Million Pounds of Plastic in the Ocean

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Outside Online  |  Published June 15, 2017  |  Full Article: We Just Dumped 11 Million Pounds of Plastic in the Ocean

World Oceans Day took place last Thursday. Today, there are about 5,000 more metric tons of plastic waste in the ocean than there were yesterday. That’s about the equivalent of every San Franciscan heading down to Ocean Beach and chucking a 13-pound trash bag full of plastic into the surf every day. Worse, this is only the amount of plastic coming from the world’s ocean-bound rivers, not total output. (Add other outflow sources, like aquaculture, shipping, and direct dumping, and those trash bags get much heavier.)

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