The world’s biggest dump is the ocean and most of the trash that ends up there is non-biodegradable plastic. And because of ocean currents, most of it washes up in one small part of the world: a tiny island in the Pacific ocean. Plastic trash in the ocean may be leaching toxic chemicals that affect the entire food chain, including the fish we eat. Matt Brown of US Fish and Wildlife says, “The thing that’s most worrisome about the plastic is its tenaciousness, its durability. It’s not going to go away in my lifetime or my children’s lifetimes. The plastic washing up on the beach today?if people don’t take it away it’ll still be here when my grandchildren walk these beaches.”
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