In a recent report, Ocean Conservancy claims that China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam are spewing out as much as 60 percent of the plastic waste that enters the world’s seas.

China – the worst offender – was found to be responsible for 27.7% of « mismanaged plastic » – with up to 245,000 tonnes now floating in our seas.

The US was 20th on the list, accounting for 0.9% of the ocean-bound trash. The UK was not featured, but if 23 EU countries had been included they would collectively have ranked 18th, said the researchers.

In the five Asian countries listed above, only about 40 percent of garbage is properly collected. Across Asia, trash is often piled up in communal dumps where stray bits are swept up by the wind and cast into the ocean.

If the top plastic polluters don’t adopt proper waste management systems, and their demand for plastic-based consumer goods continues to grow (which is guaranteed to happen), then by 2025 there could be one ton of plastic for every three tons of fish in the oceans, according to the report.

Reuters/Beawiharta BeawihartaA scavenger collects plastic cups for recycling in a river covered with rubbish near Pluit dam in Jakarta.
Countries that dump the more plastic into the oceans
Reuters/Romeo RanocoWorkers load collected plastic bottles onto a truck at a junk shop in Manila.
Countries that dump the more plastic into the oceans
Beawiharta/ReutersIndonesian fishermen on a polluted beach in Cilincing, North Jakarta.
Plastic washes up at Kedonganan Beach in Indonesia. Billions of pounds of plastic pollute the world’s oceans and harm wildlife. Photo: Putu Sayoga/Redux


Click here to read the full report from the Ocean Conservancy and the McKinsey Center for Business and Environment.


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