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Industry Working to Keep Plastic out of the Oceans

June 11, 2019

World Ocean Day was commemorated last weekend, highlighting the problem of ocean trash, especially plastic.

Recent studies have found 8 million metric tons of plastic enter the world’s oceans every year, which is equal to the weight of nearly 90 aircraft carriers and the equivalent of dumping the contents of one garbage truck into an ocean every minute, CNN reports. Plastic and other debris collect in one spot in oceans, forming a garbage patch. The largest of these patches is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch between Hawaii and California, which contains an estimated 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic and is twice the size of Texas.

Facilities looking to reduce the impact of their trash on the environment are working to implement effective recycling programs. This 4-step process involves conducting a waste audit, creating a recycling plan, deploying the plan, and educating building residents on how to follow the plan.

California recently took steps to reduce its plastic waste by introducing legislation banning travel-size shampoo bottles from hotels, the Los Angeles Times reports. The bill, which cleared the state Assembly, would take effect in 2023 for hotels with more than 50 rooms and a year later for all other hotels and rental homes.

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