Chinese cargo ships are dumping nearly three-quarters of plastic bottle waste fouling the Atlantic Ocean, surpassing South American nations.
Researchers from Canada and South America have inventoried plastic waste that washes up on Inaccessible Island since the 1980s.
Currently “75% of bottles are from Asia, with most from China. The recent manufacture dates indicate that few bottles could have drifted from Asia, and presumably are dumped from ships, in contravention of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships.”
The researchers’ findings skewer “the widely-held assumption that most plastic debris at sea comes from land-based sources.”