Did you know that it takes an estimated 10 – 1,000 years for plastics of varying types to decay? [Look up here]
It means that for every plastic waste you dump irresponsibly, about nine (9) generations after you still deal with deficit effect. In a nutshell, by not recycling plastics or gradually eliminating their use, we are leaving a less green world for the next generations.
What that means for our environment is harder to decompose waste, less fertile soil and volumes of dumped wastes to deal with. And in a society where the proper waste management is still one of the greatest socioeconomic challenges, the problems are even worse. Think of the blocked canals, flooding, disease epidemic, infrastructural degradation, and infertility of soil among others, all due to irresponsible use and disposal of plastic wastes.
This is not a case against plastic manufacturers, but a call to wake us to an epidemic that is negatively impacting the sustainability of our planet.
Check out these facts to see what we mean:
- Canals are blocked primarily by plastics because they don’t get decomposed by microorganisms.
- The larger percentage of waste on street corners and dumpsites is plastics.
- Plastics consistently make up 60 to 90% of all marine debris studied. [Surfers Against Sewage].
- 100,000 marine mammals and turtles and 1 million sea birds are killed by marine plastic pollution annually. [Surfers Against Sewage]
No doubt, plastics have really improved the aesthetics of our lives in many fine ways, now we must face the facts and begin to clean up the messes it has come with. We mentioned in our last post that waste can be separated to have papers, plastics, organic matters and bottles in compartments, but this post is about plastic.
It is easy to separate your plastic waste. But it is usually a problem for people to get started with it. Here is a simple 4-step tip to getting started:
- Get a waste-bin with compartments or two separate waste bags.
- Dedicate a compartment or one of the bags for collecting your plastics.
- Ensure you send it for recycling through your waste disposal vendor and indicate that by word or symbol.
- When you do, remember to encourage others to do the same.
A quick hint: we will soon be rewarded for the practice. Spread the words…