FACTS ABOUT LAND POLUTION
Land pollution occurs when waste is deposited on the ground of our planet. These deposits contaminate water and soil to levels that can become danger to public health and the planet.
Most pollution occurs from either commercial or household waste, so it’s vital that we all do our bit and act, individually and collectively before it’s too late.
The fast fashion industry is one of the biggest contributors to waste found in landfill sites across the world. In 2020, an estimated 18.6 million tons of clothes entered landfills.
Since 2001, over 8,000 fires have occurred on American landfill sites. This is caused by heat generated from large amounts of gas emissions harming the environment.
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Coca-Cola dumps 200,000 metric tons of plastic waste annually, enough to cover 12 football pitches daily! The worst plastic polluter in the world, but other global brands follow closely.
The United States produces 17% of the world’s plastic waste. It is estimated that the citizens are third in the world when it comes to producing plastic pollution in the oceans.
Cigarette filters can take up to 500 years to decompose. Just a single cigarette butt can contaminate up to 500 liters of water and can even kill a fish!
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