The Pacific Garbage Patch is a collective term for two garbage patches located in the Pacific Ocean. Together, they make up the world’s largest landfill and contain trash from all over the world. Currents running throughout the world’s oceans draw the garbage to this “convergence zone” where still winds and waters makes an ideal location for the formation of a floating landfill.
The trash comes from essentially anywhere that runs into the oceans. It can be pollution from beaches, rivers and other water runoffs that lead into ocean water, and of course, directly polluted into the ocean itself. Before there were strict regulations about it, ships often dumped their trash into the ocean. Times have changed and now there are fines and penalties for doing so, but it likely still happens under the radar.
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