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.