Every year, the United States alone produces a staggering 11 billion tons of solid waste and seven billion tons of debris enter the oceans every year. That number is particularly disheartening considering the fact that the average office employee throws away some 360 pounds of recyclable paper every year. Though many businesses and homeowners alike are working on trying to take advantage of going green ideas and help preserve the environment, pollution remains a serious problem. In fact, there are many effects of littering alone that plague the planet.
Hazardous to Marine Life
In November, a sperm whale washed up on shore in the Netherlands with more than 37 pounds of plastic in its intestines. Scientists determine that the cause of death was an intestinal blockage. Unfortunately, th