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Just out of curiosity, what percentage of the total plastic waste generated on earth does the flow from those rivers make up?

When you look at the numbers, they are large enough to make you scratch your head. Just the Yangtze, using the numbers quoted here, would mean an annual addition to the river of (if I counted my fingers properly) close to 34 billion pounds? I'm not saying the river is pristine, but that's a hell of a lot of plastic soda bottles.

Well, let's see: A single-serve PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottle of water has declined 52 percent to 9.25 grams which means (I think) 50 of them = 1 pound. Which means, to make up this annual trash content from that one river, 1.7 trillion soda bottles.

I'm wondering if anyone has run the numbers on these guys?

Just wondering.

Jeff
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