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More research is emerging as to the problem of plastic pollution within the Great Lakes. The plastic has no biological use in nature and thus causes havoc to ecosystems. There are many cases of animal deaths from eating plastic waste. Plus, harmful pollutants can be released as the plastic degrades.
Living on Long Island Sound, I can attest to the vast amount of plastic that is washed up every year on the shoreline. Plastic pollution is a widespread problem that needs serious attention.