Story: Coastal shoreline

Plastic pollution (3rd of 3)

Plastic pollution

Most plastics take decades or even centuries to decay, and every year tonnes of this floating debris end up on New Zealand’s shores. Some originates on ships plying their way around the coast; other material has come down from the tropics – apparent from the tiny animals and seaweeds growing on it. But a great quantity is also washed down rivers, or dumped in coastal locations. Many coastal communities organise beach clean-ups to deal with the litter.

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Maggy Wassilieff, 'Coastal shoreline - Sandy beaches – lower shore', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 June 2024)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff, published 12 Jun 2006