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Satellite images are used to detect small pieces of plastic pollution floating in the ocean

Of the 30 billion plastic bottles used by British households every year, only 57 percent are currently recycled.

Now that half of this is landfilled, half of all plastic bottles that are recycled are lost.

About 700,000 plastic bottles end up as waste every day.

This is largely due to plastic packaging around bottles that are not recyclable.

Bottles are a major contributor to the increasing amount of plastic waste in the world’s oceans.

Researchers warned that currently eight million tons of plastic are entering the ocean annually – the equivalent of one truckload per minute.

The amount of plastic waste in the world’s oceans will outstrip fish by 2050 unless the world takes drastic measures to further recycle, a 2016 report revealed.

At its current rate, this will deteriorate to four truckloads per minute by 2050, surpassing native life to become the largest mass inhabiting the oceans.

An overwhelming 95 percent of plastic packaging – worth £ 65- £ 92 billion – is lost to the economy after single use, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation report said.

And available research estimates that there are currently more than 150 million tons of plastic in the ocean.

It is estimated that about eight million tons of plastic make their way into the world's oceans every year

Plastic pollution is ruining the world’s ecosystems, both at sea and on land. It scatters coasts, hooks animals and suffocates entire populations of animals

Every year, so much plastic is dumped into the sea that it would fill five carrier bags for every foot of coastline on Earth, scientists warn.

More than half of the plastic waste that flows into the oceans comes from only five countries: China, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam and Sri Lanka.

The only industrialized Western country on the list of top 20 plastic pollutants is the United States at number 20.

The U.S. and Europe don’t mismanage their collected waste, so the plastic waste from those countries is due to litter, researchers said.

While China is responsible for 2.4 million tons of plastic making its way to the ocean, nearly 28 percent of the world total, the United States contributes only 77,000 tons, which is less than one percent, according to the study published in the journal Science .

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