HUGE AMOUNTS OF PLASTIC WASTE MAPPED IN NEW REPORT // БОЛЬШОЕ КОЛИЧЕСТВО ПЛАСТИКОВЫХ ОТХОДОВ ОТМЕЧЕНО В НОВОМ ОТЧЕТЕ
Bergens Tidende, 15 Jan 2019, online:- A new report from Norwegian research institute Norce shows that between 500 and 1000 tonnes of plastic waste pollutes the coast west of Bergen, Norway. Ocean currents make the Norwegian coast one of the most vulnerable areas in the world when it comes to plastic pollution. The researchers estimate that Fjell, Sund and Шygarden municipalities have eight times more waste per kilometre of coastline than the average at worldwide basis. In the municipalities west of Bergen, plastic waste accumulates from the sea in 800 coves and beaches. In 250 of the coves, there are signs that the plastic mixes with seaweed and plant residue and forms earthwork. The total area of beach zones that are polluted corresponds to 70 football fields.The report states that there is an urgent need to establish regular routines for registering, mapping and monitoring the waste. The cost for cleaning up is estimated to be NOK 30 (EUR 3.15 USD 3.63) per kilo collected waste.
For the area covered by the report, this means a cost of between NOK 15mn and NOK 30mn.