Plastic pollution affects wildlife, habitats and humans. 

We produce around 380 million tonnes of plastic each year worldwide. Of that, 12 million tonnes ends up in our oceans, causing around 700 marine species to have been found entangled in plastic. Only 9% of all plastic waste has ever been recycled. 

Little is known about the pathway of plastic once it has been used by humans and heads towards the sea, including the way in which it is transported, its fate and the impact it has on freshwater and terrestrial environments and public health. Our aim is to investigate this and work towards solutions to recude plastic pollution.

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Applications for 2019 entry are now closed. Projects for 2020 entry will be announced in December 2019.