Local efforts are underway to reduce a vast pile of plastic and other debris, the size of Australia, floating in the Pacific ocean.
Trade winds blow the rubbish together so that it collects in one huge area.
Mark Ricketts of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme says one country in particular is working on a waste management program that involves many local people
"The way is being led by Kiribati who have a very good system of deposits that you pay when you get a plastic container. And you get a refund when you take the container back. That is cutting down their litter down enormously."
Mark Ricketts of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme