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Apr 19, 2018 07:43 PM
ENVIRONMENT

Famous Brands Litter China’s Beaches

Garbage litters a beach of Dalian, Liaoning province, in August 2016. Photo: VCG
Garbage litters a beach of Dalian, Liaoning province, in August 2016. Photo: VCG

Master Kong instant noodles, Want-Want rice crackers, Nongfu Spring mineral water and Coca-Cola — these are some of the products accounting for large quantities of plastic washing ashore China’s beaches, according to a report published by a Shanghai-based environmental organization.

China’s first brand-based coastal waste report was published Tuesday by nonprofit Shanghai Rendu Ocean NPO Development Center, which conducted 40 beach-monitoring operations in Shanghai and 11 other Chinese cities. Researchers selected beaches that usually see relatively little human activity, and picked up over 82,000 waste items — 75% of which were plastic.

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