Below are just a few images depicting the Pacific Ocean garbage patch, roughly twice the size of Texas, where plastic and other debris is floating stagnately, sandwiched between currents.
From the photographer, Chris Jordan:
Bottle caps. Bottle caps. Bottle caps.
How many recognizable objects can you pick out? More photos at Ecotone.
And that's just what we see on one small spit of land, much like how little we will see in the Gulf, and how little we see in our own backyards.