How does plastic waste get into the ocean?
Rain or stormwater and wind can carry the plastic waste into the sea or into drains that lead to the sea. … It is a common practice by most holidaymakers visiting coastal beaches to leave behind plastic water bottles and plastic food packaging bags on the sand, which directly get into the ocean.
How much of recycled plastic ends up in the ocean?
Over 300 million tons of plastic are produced every year for use in a wide variety of applications. At least 8 million tons of plastic end up in our oceans every year, and make up 80% of all marine debris from surface waters to deep-sea sediments.