“In rural Kent, a farmer reported last week that he had lost a contract worth £16,000 after broken glass, probably hurled into a field from a passing car, was found in his oat harvest; prams, fridges and carpets were dumped on a quiet road in Dover; and hedgerows around Appleby, near Scunthorpe in Lincolnshire, were found to be thick with rubbish. In four years, residents have voluntarily collected more than 2,400 sackfuls of fast food and other rubbish dumped in nearby lanes.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/may/30/litter-rubbish-keep-britain-tidy)
As national austerity is set to continue, who can afford to waste reusable items, let alone pay extra for one-use packaging? Like the hedgerows, some folk are ‘thick with rubbish’.
“More than 5 trillion plastic pieces, with a combined mass of more than 250,000 tonnes, are floating in the ocean. … Large items such as bottles, buoys and plastic bags would be expected to degrade into smaller and smaller pieces of floating trash. So where is all the microplastic? … Polymer chemists say that all the plastic we have ever made is still with us.” (http://www.nature.com/news/fate-of-ocean-plastic-remains-a-mystery-1.16508)
Obviously, pollution-evolved creatures of the depths are constructing Lego-like weapons of mass destruction.