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When you leave rubbish behind, it doesn’t disappear. Often animals mistake it for food and this has a huge impact on their survival.
casualty crashes on country roads involves a vehicle hitting an animal.48
it’s projected that the weight of plastic in the ocean will outweigh fish.49
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Whether it’s your local park or your favourite beach, chances are some of your most loved spots are impacted by littering.
Lit cigarettes can start grass fires on the side of the road. Grass fires progress quite quickly and can pose a danger to property.77
of the litter on beaches comes from suburban streets.52
It travels down the street drains and through the stormwater. 4
The Great Barrier Reef has lost
of its coral in the last
More than 80%
of marine debris found in the
Reef is plastic, which can
smother coral, entangle wildlife
or be ingested by animals.50
See how litter in the environment can impact you and your family's mental and physical health.
are found in our food, drinking water, and even the air we breathe.
You could be consuming the equivalent of a
worth of plastic
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This information is based on the work conducted by Senathirajah et al., (2021) from the Plastics Research team at the University of Newcastle in collaboration with WWF.
Studies have demonstrated that not breathing has lasting consequences on your health. We highly recommend that you continue breathing.
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If you drink bottled water, you’re consuming on average 90,000 microplastic particles a year, compared to tap water drinkers who consume 4,000 microplastic particles a year.56
of Australian beach goers surveyed had injuries caused by
Injuries from beach litter
can lead to serious injuries
hepatitis or tetanus
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for each item to break apart
30 years to break apart
400 years to break down
10 years to break apart
500 years to break apart
Take away containers
50 years to break apart
Plastic waste accumulates in five subtropical 'garbage patches' in the open ocean. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is the largest, and is formed as a result of ocean circulation driven by the changing wind fields around the Earth's rotation.68
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