"Takeaway Food And Drink Litter Dominates Ocean Plastic, Study Shows"

"Just 10 plastic products make up 75% of all items and scientists say the pollution must be stopped at source"

"Plastic items from takeaway food and drink dominate the litter in the world’s oceans, according to the most comprehensive study to date.

Single-use bags, plastic bottles, food containers and food wrappers are the four most widespread items polluting the seas, making up almost half of the human-made waste, the researchers found. Just 10 plastic products, also including plastic lids and fishing gear, accounted for three-quarters of the litter, due to their widespread use and extremely slow degradation.

The scientists said identifying the key sources of ocean plastic made it clear where action was needed to stop the stream of litter at its source. They called for bans on some common throwaway items and for producers to be made to take more responsibility."

Damian Carrington reports for the Guardian June 10, 2021.

Source: Guardian, 06/11/2021