18 tons of Debris Found on Island in Pacific Ocean

18.05.2017

Henderson Island in Polynesia became one of the dirtiest places on the planet. The total amount of plastic debris detected there is 18 tons, and its concentration reaches 671 units per square meter.

Specialists consider the location of Henderson the cause of the environmental disaster. The current nails waste to its shores from South America, as well as debris, which is thrown overboard the fishing vessels.

The most common type of plastic debris on the beaches of the island is a disposable tableware and packaging from under the shampoo.

Every day more than 3,000 pieces of debris are carried to the island, 99.8% of which are plastic. The authors of the study emphasize that the current situation threatens the populations of rare birds and other inhabitants of the island.