For 25 years volunteers have gathered together for Coastal Cleanup Day. The annual event takes place this year on the morning of September 15, 2012.
A recent cleanup of trash on a scenic Mexican beach seemed to confirm what many there thought: Most of the plastic garbage comes from outside Mexico.
On Feb. 25, a cleanup collected more than 6 tons of trash and allowed participants to examine pieces for signs of where it came from.
The answer: all over. Cuba. Venezuela. Honduras. China. Brazil.The United States. Haiti. Jamaica. The Netherlands. Pretty much everywhere but Mexico.
H. Bruce Rinker, an ecologist based in Maine, said he examined perhaps hundreds of pieces during the cleanup effort.
“I found only two pieces clearly with ‘Product of Mexico’ labels,” he said in an email.
via LA Times