Workers collecting garbage from a beach in Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, this month.

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Come for the beaches, say tourism ads for the Dominican Republic.

But it has some beaches you might want to skip right now.

The Caribbean nation is known for sapphire seas and ivory beaches, but it is grappling with waves of garbage washing up on its shores, a vivid reminder of the presence of thousands of tons of plastic in the world’s oceans.

Those piles, most notably the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch,” are usually far from human settlements, to say nothing of resort destinations.

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From the New York Times on July 23rd, 2018:

Wave After Wave of Garbage Hits the Dominican Republic

by Palko Karasz