Environment Recycling & Waste Infographic: The Unbelievable Scale of Marine Trash By Jaymi Heimbuch Writer California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo Jaymi Heimbuch is a writer and photographer specializing in wildlife conservation. She is the author of The Ethiopian Wolf: Hope at the Edge of Extinction. our editorial process Twitter Twitter Jaymi Heimbuch Updated October 11, 2018 Migrated Image Share Twitter Pinterest Email Recycling & Waste Plastics Zero Waste Infographic section via Project AWARE What is the impact of our plastic use on the ocean's animal life? A new infographic from Project AWARE sheds a bit of light on the sheer scale of the problem, and the incredible number of animals affected by our plastic problem. Project AWARE states that as much as 6 million tons of disposable goods enter the ocean every year, and that the animals that live in the water are greatly affected. We all remember the photographs of Chris Jordan, showing albatross carcasses packed with plastic. Well, it's not just albatross. And it's no small problem. September is Debris Month of Action, and according to Project AWARE, thousands of SCUBA divers around the world are acting as citizen scientists, collecting debris and submitting data so we can better understand the impact and influence policy makers to toughen up laws and practices around plastic use and disposal.