8 Most Common Types of Garbage Found in the Ocean

Published On December 3, 2014 | By Hannah Ellsbury | Articles

We’ve all heard of the notorious Great Pacific Garbage Patch floating in the North Pacific Ocean. About 80% of the debris in the garbage patch comes from land-based activities in North America and Asia.

A majority of the most commonly found pieces of garbage floating in our oceans include items that we use on a daily basis and think nothing of it. These include:

  1. Plastic Bottles
  2. Plastic Bags
  3. Cigarettes
  4. Food Wrappers
  5. Plastic Utensils
  6. Straws
  7. Beverage Cans
  8. Paper Bags (and Styrofoam cups)

Put in the effort to reduce the amount of these products you purchase and put in the trash. Simple alternatives include bringing your own bag to the store, bringing a reusable water bottle to work or school, etc. If you can’t do without some of these items, make the easy effort to recycle.

Get involved and start your own clean up campaign in your area. See here for tips on how to start a campaign.

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2 Responses to 8 Most Common Types of Garbage Found in the Ocean

  1. Joseph says:

    this is great keep it up we need people to know things such as this

  2. Victoria Aguilar says:

    I thank you so much for sharing this with the world, I am a sophomore at my local high school and I’m writing a self chosen essay prompt on our environment and how we need to save it. seeing this really helped! Thanks(;

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