Soils particularly at risk: much of the plastic waste in the sea is sinking in deep waters

The plastic garbage on the sea beaches, and on the surface of the water represents, according to a study, only the tip of the iceberg of the pollution of the se

Soils particularly at risk: much of the plastic waste in the sea is sinking in deep waters

The plastic garbage on the sea beaches, and on the surface of the water represents, according to a study, only the tip of the iceberg of the pollution of the seas. 99 percent of the plastic waste in European seas would sink in deep waters and environmentally sensitive sea floors, land, warned on protection of the seas specialist environmental organization Oceana on Friday in Madrid with the idea of a corresponding study.

Compromised, especially in the Mediterranean sea due to the high population of its neighbouring States, the great depth of the water and the lower water density exchange. The plastic garbage will be pulled by underwater currents in the depth. Many areas of the seabed, especially in the gullies, Sinks, and valleys, aligned, in the meantime, wild garbage dumps on Land, write the authors of the study. In the dark and cold regions of hundreds of meters below the surface of the water, it will take centuries before the plastic waste had been mined.

The Director of the campaign against plastic in the process of Oceana Europe, Natividad Sánchez, stressed that the cleaning of the beaches and the Collection of plastic to the surface of the water was correct, but completely inadequate. "The production of disposable plastic must be reduced," she said. The recommendations of the EU Directive on the reduction of plastic from June of last year, were the waste is inadequate. The environmental costs are compared to the cheap plastic immensely and quantify because of the centuries-long effects. The EU is planning a levy on plastic in the coming year, including the quantities of waste to reduce.

Updated Date: 24 July 2020, 11:19

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