Garbage Patches

Ocean garbage patch 
The term "garbage patch" most often refers to a nebulous, floating junk yard on the high seas. Two of the most famous are the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and the more-recently discovered Great Atlantic Garbage Patch.
It's the poster child for a worldwide problem: plastic that begins in human hands yet ends up in the ocean, often inside animals' stomachs or around their necks.

Sea trash spiraling out of control, study finds

Biodegradable plastic: What you need to know

Method's sea trash-based soap bottle to debut this fall

Tsunami debris adds to Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Centuries-old trash carpets Sydney Harbor

Islands of plastic give bugs a new place to breed in open ocean

'Garbology': How our everyday trash eventually becomes our food

Japan tsunami debris charts a course across the ocean

Raising awareness of plastic waste

Fish ingesting plastic from Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Hawaii-sized recycled island to be built from ocean garbage patch

What can 28,000 rubber duckies lost at sea teach us about our oceans?