Plastic marine litter has received a media spotlight in recent years.  There is an estimated 150 million tonnes of plastic present in oceans, a fraction of global plastic production, while photos showing mountains of plastic in developing countries have become common on social media.  In 2017, China, the world's largest importer of scrap plastics, banned their import.  Countries and cities across the globe are banning single use plastic items.  The spotlight recently shone on Canada with the Philippines-Canada waste dust up.

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