Plastic is everywhere around us. A lot of people don’t pay attention to this problem, and plastic pollution is not a matter for concern about this group of people. But, plastic has done so much damage to this planet.
“Each year, an estimated 18 billion pounds of plastic waste enters the world’s ocean from coastal regions. That’s about equivalent to five grocery bags of plastic trash piled up on every foot of coastline on the planet.
All that plastic is causing harm to the creatures that live in the ocean, from coral reefs smothered in bags, to turtles gagging on straws, to whales and seabirds that starve because their bellies are so jammed with bits of plastic that there’s no room for real food.
New research is emerging apace about the possible long-term impacts of tiny pieces of plastic on the marine food chain—raising fresh questions about how it might ultimately impact human health and food security.
About 40 percent of all plastic produced is used in packaging, and much of that is used only once and then discarded. Less than a fifth of all plastic is recycled, though many countries and businesses are trying innovative solutions to increase that number.”
Authorities from Kwinana, Australia, decided to try something new. thy installed a filtration system that provided great results. The new system was simply yet efficient. The system was installed in the Henley Reserve. What did they do? A piece of net was all they needed to secure the outlet of a drainage pipe.
These pipes drain water from residential areas right into nature. A lot of litter and trash from households ends up in the environment. The trash is also washed away by the rain, and this only complicates the entire situation.
The newly placed net has the capacity to catch over 800 pounds of trash in several weeks. Similar nets were installed throughout the entire city. The production and installation of these nets cost $10,000, however, the final result is more than beneficial to the environment.
The trash from the nets is transferred to garbage collecting trucks and then transported to trash-sorting centers.
This is a big step forward and hopefully, other countries will follow the same example. May this be an inspiration for us all. We’ve done irreversible damage to our planet. We don’t have a spare planet, remember?