Plastics Quiz

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#1. Why might a turtle eat a plastic bag?

The answer is b).

Some turtles accidentally eat plastic bags because they look like jellyfish – their favourite food.

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#2. What would happen to a plastic bottle if you buried it in soil?

The answer is a).

A plastic bottle will crack and crumble, but it will never rot away. The plastic will still be in the ground even if its dust-like pieces are too small to see.

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#3. What can you flush down the toilet?

The answer is c).

You should only ever put the three “Ps” down the toilet: Pee, Poo and Paper!

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#4. What is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch?

The answer is c).

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a floating rubbish, or garbage, patch in the Pacific Ocean. It covers an area three times the size of France.

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#5. What are microplastics?

The answer is b).

Microplastics are pieces of plastic smaller than 5mm. Bottles and other plastic items break up into microplastics in the ocean.

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#6. How long might it take a nappy to break up into microplastics in the ocean?

The answer is c).

Scientists have estimated that it may take 450 years for a nappy to break up into tiny plastic pieces in the ocean.

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#7. What are nurdles?

The answer is b).

Trillions of nurdles get washed down drains at factories and spill from ships in the sea.

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#8. Why is plastic rubbish bad for seabirds?

The answer is c).

Scientists estimate that 9 out of 10 seabirds have plastic rubbish stuck in their stomachs!

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#9. Why should we not release balloons into the sky?

The answer is a).

A turtle or whale may think a burst balloon in the sea is a tasty squid to eat.

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#10. What should you do if you find some plastic on a beach or in a park?

The answer is c).

It may not be your rubbish, but you can help wildlife and the oceans by picking it up. However, always remember to wash your hands after touching rubbish.

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