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Hong Kong typhoon leaves shipping containers scattered

A recent typhoon off Hong Kong washed half a dozen shipping containers overboard, and it wasn’t long before the cargo — 150 tons of tiny plastic beads — began washing up on the beaches. Local fish farmers also started finding the plastic in the stomachs of their fish.

Hundreds of volunteers turned out to scoop up the pellets using shovels, dustpans and dumpling steamers and Sinopec, the Chinese oil conglomerate that owned the containers, pledged $1.2 million toward the cleanup.

Click here for the full report by The New York Times.