Plastic Food Packaging now Outpaces Cigarette Butts as most abundant Beach Trash

According to a September 8, 2020 National Geographic story “… Candy wrappers and chip bags have become the most commonly found beach trash … That dreary statistic is among the findings in the Ocean Conservancy’s latest report on its annual beach cleanup … The other items in the top ten relate to food and drink, and most of those are not recyclable. The list includes bottles and caps, straws and stirrers, cups, lids, take-away containers, and plastic bags … Complicating matters, much of food packaging either fails to get recycled by consumers or can’t be recycled at all … Only 13 percent of plastic containers and packaging were recycled in the United States in 2017 …” #PlasticWaste #Recycling #SingleUsePlastic #PlasticPackaging