In 2030, pieces of plastic will still wash up on beaches – but it could be much less if the country acts now.

The prediction comes from a “sobering” new report on the state of New Zealand’s plastic waste, which says big changes are needed to put a lid on the problem. 

Amber-Leigh Woolf reports for Stuff.

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Plastic pellets mixed with sand on a New Zealand beach. Image credit: Thomas Manch/Stuff.