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Plastic a Major Problem in Great Lakes, Environmental Groups Say

22 million pounds of plastic enter the waters each year from microplastics and beach litter.

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Several environmental groups urged vigilance on plastic pollution in the Great Lakes, warning that 22 million pounds of the stuff ends up in the waters each year. Major issues include microplastics and beach litter; proposed solutions are refundable deposits on plastic soda bottles and improved recycling rates on Chicago beaches.