Trash Before the Splash

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Trash Facts

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Tons of Trash

Every year, 8 million metric tons of plastics enter our ocean. It's currently estimated that 150 million metric tons of plastic circulate our marine environments.

50% of litter by count is cigarette butts

Most people think that a tiny piece of cigarette butt can easily be disposed of and wither in no time. This is a misconception, cigarette butts are actually made of cellulose acetate which may take up to 10 years to disintegrate.

Most litter by volume comes from food waste

The biggest volume of litter originates from fast food. The five most significant sources are McDonalds, Burger King, Seven Eleven, Starbucks and Wendy's. Up to 31 percent of the trash collected could be eliminated through the use of reusable alternatives.

From land to Ocean

As much as 80% of ocean trash begins its journey on the land. If every person picked up just one peice of trash a day ther would be 240 million less peices added to our oceans.

$11.5 billion is spent every year to clean up litter

This money should have been used in more important services like housing and health care. Most people do not really think about how much of their small actions can affect the entire nation’s well-being.

75% of people admitted that they littered in the past 5 years

Most people just aren't aware of the impact of their actions. Despite years of educational campaigns about proper disposal of litter.

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