STUDY FINDS MARINE PLASTIC POLLUTION COSTS SOCIETY BILLIONS ANNUALLY

04/15/2019

According to a study published this week, plastic pollution in the world's oceans costs society billions of dollars every year in damaged and lost resources. An estimated eight million tons of plastic ends up in the ocean every year, negatively affecting fisheries, aquaculture, recreational activities, and global well-being. The study is the first of its kind to explore the social and economic impact of marine plastic pollution, finding that plastic waste costs up to $33,000 per ton in reduced environmental value. For the full story, see https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2019/apr/04/marine-plast….