If incorrectly disposed of, plastic waste can pollute the environment. As such, it is very important that you dispose of your business' plastic waste responsibly, for example by using recycling services from a professional waste disposal business.
Plastic Waste in the World's Oceans
When plastics are not responsibly disposed of or recycled, they can enter the world's oceans.This can cause serious damage to marine ecosystems. Recently on BBC's Blue Planet 2, the damage of ocean plastics was discussed. On one episode “a hawksbill turtle gets caught up in a plastic sack", however fortunately on this occasion a camera operator managed to release the turtle from the plastic sack and it swam away unharmed.
What Types of Plastic Waste is in the Ocean?
The green sea turtle is an endangered species which is threatened by the irresponsible disposal of single-use plastics (Source jawspaws.org). This is because they mistake plastic waste such as plastic bags for jellyfish (one of their preferred sources of food). Additionally, on the Jaws Paws website, it states that the University of Queensland “revealed that 50 percent of sea turtles ingest plastics."
However, it isn't just items of plastic waste such as bottles, plastic carrier bags or plastic 'six-pack rings' which can cause damage to life in the ocean. Other items of plastic waste, such as microbeads and other small pieces of plastic can also be very dangerous to marine life.
The 'Garbage Patch' in the Ocean
In the Pacific Ocean there is something which is known as the 'Pacific Garbage Patch'.
When some hear of a 'garbage patch' in the ocean they might imagine islands of floating waste, however the waste in these patches can't always be seen by the naked eye. This is because lots of the waste is made from plastic; instead of wearing down and biodegrading, the plastic waste breaks up into smaller and smaller pieces, called microplastics.
As described by National Geographic, the garbage patches can't be seen from satellites, instead the microplastics inside the ocean may make the water appear like a “cloudy soup".
Ocean Plastics don't just affect Marine Life
The waste plastic in the world's oceans don't just affect marine life, they can also affect humans too. When fish eat plastics, they could 'end up on the dinner plates' of people who are sitting down to enjoy seafood. According to an article written earlier this year in the Telegraph, “seafood eaters ingest up to 11,000 tiny pieces of plastic every year".
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