The River Tame, near Manchester, has the highest microplastic pollution yet discovered anywhere in the world

Microplastics concentration in sediments and surface water

River

Lake

Marine

Beach, coastal waters and estuarines

Over 500,000 microplastic particles per square metre were found on the bed of the River Tame

Particles m2

>500,000

>0.01

River

Lake

Marine

Beach, coastal waters and estuarines

Over 500,000 microplastic particles per square metre were found on the bed of the River Tame

Particles m2

>500,000

Kuril-

Kamchatka

trench

>10,000

>0.01

St Lawrence River

Great Lakes

San Francisco

Bay

Coastal

beaches

Canterbury coast