Why are plastic bags bad for the Bay?
Plastic bags pollute our waters, smother wetlands and entangle and kill animals. In fact, approximately one million plastic bags pollute San Francisco Bay each year. Bay trash flows into the ocean to join the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, an area estimated at twice the size of Texas where plastic particles are more abundant than plankton.
Did you know?
- Save The Bay estimates that over one million plastic bags enter the Bay each year.
- Bay Area residents use 3.8 billion plastic bags every year.
- Average use time of a plastic bag is 12 minutes.
- Despite a 15-year effort to recycle plastic bags, less than five percent of all single-use plastic bags in California are actually recycled.
- Californians use approximately 19 billion plastic bags annually.
- 1.37 million plastic bags were removed from coastal areas worldwide on just one day.
- A study found an average of three pieces of trash along every foot of streams leading to San Francisco Bay – half of which is plastic.
- Up to 90 percent of floating debris is plastic, which never biodegrades.
- Plastic trash has entangled, suffocated, or poisoned at least 267 known animal species worldwide.