Henderson Island is one of those few islands where no human population is found. However, you can find millions of garbage pieces resting on its beach. As per the reports, around 38 million garbage pieces are found in this remote island.
The research team, who reached its shores in 2015, was shocked to see the garbage dump. Almost all pieces were made of plastic material. In 1988, United Nations named it Henderson Island, and it became a part of UNESCO World Heritage Site.
UNESCO said that they had ensured conservation of this remotely accessible and inhabitable island. It possesses great value for science having a nearly untouched island ecosystem.
The team further added that around 3,500 pieces of trash were continuing to wash up there every day. Reportedly, this makes the Henderson Island world’s highest density plastic dumping place. This report was published in National Academy of Sciences journal.
The co-author of the report, Jennifer Lavers stated that the amount of plastic was really very alarming. It looked beautiful as well as terrifying.
As per the snaps provided by Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, thousands of plastic pieces are glazing on the sand of this Island. These include water bottles, netting pieces, garden containers, helmets and much more.
The reports state that due to this intense gathering, the Henderson Island becomes inhabited. Its closest neighbor is Pitcairn Island which is about 70 miles away from it. Only about 40 people are residing on that island. Further, the report says that the closest major human population is more 3,000 miles away.
The research team has conducted a study to know the reason behind the trash collection. The report says that because of its location and the movements of currents, this island has naturally become a place for floating debris from around the globe.
Alex Bond, the co-author of the study, said that this garbage was mainly coming from China, Japan, South America, Europe, US, and Russia. Plastic is the worldwide problem. All the pieces that they found on Henderson Island didn’t belong to the island itself. He pointed out that global co-operation was needed to tackle this problem.
A report published in 2015 says that humans are dumping 8 million metric tons of plastic into the sea every year. This plastic is toxic in nature and does not degrade over the years. This might affect the marine ecosystem badly.