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The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

A massive glob of plastic is swirling around in the Pacific Ocean.

1,000 miles west of California and north of Hawaii, the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch" is an ugly stew of plastic and marine debris larger than Texas and sometimes reaching a depth of 300 feet. It collects in this area due to the clockwise trade winds circulating along the Pacific Rim. The main ingredients? Plastic bottles, plastic bags and plastic manufacturers' discarded waste.

How did it get there? Consider this: Someone tosses a plastic water bottle on the ground. During the next rain it flows into a storm drain, makes its way to the ocean, and in a few weeks reaches the Garbage Patch. While it was floating along, instead of biodegrading it "photodegraded." The sun's UV rays made it brittle, eventually breaking it down into tiny pieces which join the other plastics of the "island," interspersed with large pieces of junk like discarded fishing nets and waterlogged tires..

Any meaningful cleanup operation has so far evaded experts. It is simply too big and too far.

Why do we care? Because it is choking, starving and sickening birds, turtles, fish and other animals; reducing many ocean species' populations and overall diversity; getting caught in boat engines and propellers; and spoiling the natural beauty of our oceans.

What can we do?
*Reduce use of plastics whenever possible.
*Use a reusable bag when you shop.
*Take your trash with you when you leave the beach, park, etc.
*Make sure your trash containers are securely closed.
*Recycle, recycle, recycle

***One group that's part of the solution is the Chatham High School Recycling Club. Thanks to them for their recent hospitality and their fine work recycling plastic bottles!***

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DID YOU KNOW? The Chatham Transfer Station has FREE COMPOST! BYOB! (Bring Your Own Bin, Box, Bucket, Buick) and take all you need!

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How We're Doing
Chatham's Diversion (formerly Recycling) Rate:
2016 (at half-year) 39%
2015 32%
2014 29%
2013 30%
2012 37%
2011 42%
2010 29%
2009 20%

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ChathamRecycles.org is the official website for Reduce, Reuse, Recycle in Chatham, Massachusetts. Whether you are a business, a year-round resident or are simply visiting our community on Cape Cod, we ask that you do the right thing and start recycling today! The Recycling Center can be found at the Chatham Transfer Station at 97 Sam Ryder Road Chatham, MA 02633 508.945.5156 email. For a map and directions, please click here