The Oceans' Plastic Problem Gets 8M Tons Worse Every Year
New research shows humans send between 4.8 and 12.7 million tons of plastics into the world’s oceans every year.By Evan Thomas | February 13, 2015
Plastic in the oceans is a big problem — one getting worse by an average of 8 million tons a year, according to new research.
A team of environmentalists and engineers broke down waste data in 192 countries and found they send anywhere from 4.8 million to 12.7 million metric tons of plastic into the oceans each year.
The researchers calculated waste per capita for people living within a certain range of coastlines, found the percentage of that waste that's plastic, and the percentage of that plastic waste that's mismanaged — plastic that could make it into the oceans instead of a recycling center, in other words.