Food packaging waste highlighted in ocean clean-up

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Different types of food and beverage packaging made up four of the top 10 items found in a marine clean up, according to a conservation organisation.

Ocean Conservancy collected the totals during the 2011 International Coastal Cleanup, which formed part of the 26 year clean-up spanning 153 locations.

In the top 10 items in terms of volume, plastic beverage bottles were third, food wrappers/containers fifth, glass bottles were seventh, and beverage cans ninth.

Volunteers collected enough food packaging (940,277 pieces) for a person to get takeout for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day for the next 858 years, said the group.

The report added all the beverage cans and glass beverage containers would net $45,489.15 if recycled and the amount of glass and plastic bottles could provide every resident of New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, and Philadelphia with a beverage.

Vikki Spruill, president and CEO of Ocean Conservancy said: “We need to stop trash at its source, and the biggest impact we can have involves the choices each of us make every day​.”

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