In an article published on July 23, 2018 by EcoWatch, reporter Lorraine Chow informed about the “shocking wave of plastics” surfacing after a storm at a beach in Dominican Republic. The incident was also covered by BBC News on July 22, 2018. The waste washed ashore consisted of “mostly plastic marine debris, including beverage bottles.”

The videos were taken by the non-governmental organization (NGO) Parley for the Oceans. Interviewed by BBC News, NGO’s founder Cyrill Gutsch said that “plastic is a design failure and there is no circular economy that can fix this.” Gutsch further pointed out that plastic “always leaches chemicals.”

The NGO is now “working with the local navy, the army, public workers and the Santo Domingo government to clear the plastic tide.”

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Lorraine Chow (July 23, 2018). “Shocking wave of plastics washes ashore in Dominican Republic.EcoWatch

BBC News (July 22, 2018). “Wave of plastic hits Dominican Republic.

CNN (July 22, 2018). “See wave of garbage crash off the Dominican Republic.YouTube

Parley for the Oceans