In fact, Earth's largest landfill isn't on land at all. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch stretches for hundreds of miles across the North Pacific Ocean, forming a nebulous, floating junk yard on the high seas.
Last fall, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) helped to sponsor the Ocean Conservancy’s 2012 International Coastal Cleanup. Over volunteers collected lbs kg) of refuse. This graphic represents the top 10 collected items.
What’s the size of Texas, made of plastic, and floating in the Pacific Ocean?
You may not see the devastating effects of plastic on a daily basis, but check out this image of a plastic Gyre floating in the Pacific. This is just ONE of FIVE plastic "islands" formed by tiny pieces of plastics that have not broken down in our oceans.
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a collection of marine debris in the North Pacific Ocean. Also known as the Pacific trash vortex, the garbage patch is actually two distinct collections of debris bounded by the massive North Pacific Subtropical Gyre.