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http://archipelago.gr/en/plastics-and-rubbish/ Plastics and rubbish drowning Greek ecosystems WEDNESDAY, 01 OCTOBER 2014 The first autumn rains initiated a destructive journey of tons of plastic and other debris, which had mostly been accumulating on the roadsides throughout Greece, towards the sea. For many months, this garbage was ?waiting? for the local authorities or communities to act, for their collection, with no response! It is unfortunate to see such a large part of the public impassively contributing to the great presence of waste via their everyday life. Only a few are aware that plastic is highly dangerous as it degrades into our environment. Until recently it was widely believed that plastic requires hundreds of years to break down, and this led many people to quietly let the problem roll over to our future generations by simply not taking any action. The vicious circle of plastic is especially alarming. Recent research conducted in Greece, and worldwide, have demonstrated how inaccurate the belief of how slow the rate of plastic breakdown truly is.