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, 2015
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The perils of managing plastic waste

Source: Millennium Post, Date: , 2015

The ocean is the final receptacle of a substantial amount of waste generated on land. Plastic pollution in the ocean was first reported in the scientific literature of the early 1970s. In just four decades, it has become a pressing environmental problem and has been found even in the most remote corners of the earth. The amount of plastic entering the oceans is up to 2,000 times more than earlier estimates.A study published in the February 13, 2015 issue of the journal, Science, estimated the amount of plastic that could enter the oceans based on the amount of unmanaged waste. The researchers found that anything between 4.8 and 12.7 million tonnes (MT) of plastic enters the oceans each year.

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