How Does Trash End Up in the Ocean?

As long as people litter and improperly dispose of garbage, waste will continue spreading across our waterways and impacting the environment. The impact of one person’s trash can be hard to visualize, but when you look at the big picture, the result is overwhelming.

Plastic products are among the most commonly found trash in the oceans. Here are a few trash facts that show the effect of our plastic waste every year:

But how exactly does a single piece of garbage make its way from your trash can to the ocean? We’ve outlined the journey your waste takes.

Ocean Trash Infographic

How Does Trash Get Into the Ocean?

What You Can Do to Help

So, how can you make a difference? In addition to practicing planet-friendly habits in your daily life, take action. Organizing a waterway cleanup is a great way to make an impact, and Budget Dumpster can help support your efforts. 

Planning a river or lake cleanup in your community? We partner with nonprofits and organizations who are working to better their neighborhoods by providing an in-kind dumpster donation. Learn more, and apply for a donation today.