Marine life is facing irreparable damage from the millions of tonnes of plastic waste which ends up in the oceans each year, the United Nations has warned. This is a planetary crisis. UN oceans chief Lisa Svensson told the BBC this week.
Tiny plastic beads used in hundreds of toiletries like facial scrubs and toothpastes have even been found in our Great Lakes—the largest group of freshwater lakes in the world! Giant garbage patches (one twice the size of Texas ) can be found floating around in the oceans.
And all this plastic pollution is not . A simple walk on any beach, anywhere, and the plastic waste spectacle is present. All over the world the statistics are ever growing, staggeringly. Tons of plastic debris (which by definition are waste that can vary in size from large containers, fishing nets to microscopic plastic pellets or even particles) is discarded every year, . Australia recycles only of PET plastic drink bottles.
Increasing plastic packaging recycling towards ambitions of the . I pick up plastic waste to save it from landfill.
Hugo Tagholm, of the marine conservation and campaigning group Surfers Against Sewage, said the figures were devastating. Plastic Production and Properties. Nearly five decades later the human impact on the oceans is reaching crisis point as the explosion in plastic waste is having a devastating impact on marine environments. Every person reading this has used a plastic bottle, many of whom likely used one in the past day or week. Two statistics jump out immediately.
Secondly, and more importantly, we must understand how this increase in plastic waste globally will impact other systems and their function. According to EPA reports, 2. We have developed a “disposable” lifestyle and estimates are that around of plastic is used just once and thrown away. You can find it anywhere. We use around trillion plastic bags a year worldwide! The US alone throws away . Scientists have recently discovered microplastics embedded deep in the Arctic ice.
Consumption of packaging has also increased over the same period. Looking at the figures by waste type, glass and plastic disposal dropped by per cent and per cent respectively. Nearly all UK councils now offer householders some form of plastics recycling as part of the local authority waste collection system and this is generating increasing.
However, food waste disposal increased by 6. End-of-life_vehicle_statistics accessed 21. State and Local Waste and Materials Characterization Reports. Most families throw away about 40kg of plastic.