How much plastic enters our oceans every year?
A 8,000 tons
B 8 million tons
C 80 million tons
While estimates vary, a 2015 study found that, on average, 8 million metric tons of plastic enters the ocean every year from land—although the International Union for Conservation of Nature estimates it at 14 million tons. Much of that is discarded fishing nets, which trap marine life. And it’s not just the oceans—the majority of plastic waste ends up in landfills or as unregulated waste, according to the UN.
The correct answer is 8 million tons.