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Plastic explosion during quarantine... plastics reach the Pacific Ocean beyond Jeju

Updated: Aug 21, 2020

These days, COVID-19 has increased the number of people who deliver, eat, and pack plastic waste. The discarded plastic is not recycled well and flows into the sea. With the spread of COVID-19, the number of people delivering and delivering meals at work or at home has increased significantly. Even one serving comes in four plastic containers. The problem is that the recycling rate of plastic waste is only half. Non-recycled plastics are either stacked as they are or left into the sea through rivers. As plastic waste keeps coming off, residents pick it up and put it in bags. However, when the strong winds were blowing, the garbage was piled up again on the shore. The nearby beach was also full of plastic waste. The same is true of Jeju Island, which is separated from the land. When viewed from a distance, it was a long line that looked like a shoreline etched on a sandy beach. There are also various types of shampoo containers, fishing gear and fishing nets. You can easily find Chinese trash written in Chinese characters. Between the rocks of the coast, plastics that have been pushed out of China as well as domestically are enclosed. Plastic waste from Korea and China flows through the tide to Japan. Even in the Ikuchijima Beach, plastic waste that has been pushed by the waves fills the beach. There are also toilet signs that should be on Jeju Island. There are also ramen bags and water bottles written in Korean. Some of the waste that has flowed into the Pacific Ocean forms a waste island in the middle of the ocean.

Up to 14 million tons of plastic waste flows into the seas every year. There are warnings that by 2050, there will be more plastic waste than fish in the sea.


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