Hong Kong-based photographer Alex Hoffard recently visited Hong Kong’s South Soko Islands. The photos he took display an array of discarded plastic items including lighters, plastic toys, medicinal waste, bottles, Styrofoam, and tiny “nurdles.”

The beaches of South Soko Islands, reports Hoffard, are actually cleaner now than when Hong Kong University Ecotoxicologist Nico Zurcher had visited the islands.

It’s hard to say precisely where this garbage came from, or how the marine life that lie dead on the beaches of the South Soko Islands ultimately met their fate. But the largest garbage generator in the world is conspicuously close to the islands.

View Hoffard’s original post here.