At Randolph County Solid Waste Authority, we gathered up some of our favorite fun and interesting recycling facts for you. We think you might appreciate them as much as we do!
Our planet has 5 huge gyres (garbage patches) floating on our oceans. The largest one, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, is over 1.6 million square kilometers in size –that’s twice the size of Texas.
The five gyres are: the North Atlantic Gyre, the South Atlantic Gyre, the North Pacific Gyre, the South Pacific Gyre, and the Indian Ocean Gyre. About half of the mass consists of synthetic fishing nets and the remainder is mostly plastic bottles and waste.