Netherlands urges action on marine plastic debris

The EU must consider possible action to address the harmful effect of floating masses of plastic and rubber in the oceans, the Dutch government says in a note due to be presented at a meeting of environment ministers next week.

The problem, known as "plastic soup", occurs in the Pacific Ocean and, more recently, in the Atlantic Ocean. The floating mass of waste in the Pacific Ocean alone "occupies an area roughly 34 times the size of the Netherlands", according to the note.

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