As we know, plastic waste is a huge problem in almost every country, and has a seriously negative effect on the nature and health of people.
As the National Geographic says:
“Annually, about 18 billion pounds of plastic waste enters the world’s ocean of the coastal regions, equivalent to five bags of plastic trash piled up on every foot of coastline on the world.
All that waste causes damage to the whales, turtles and all other creatures living in the ocean and seas, from coral reefs sagged in bags, to turtles stuck on straw, whales and seabirds that, due to the accumulated plastic in their stomachs, they starve.
Also, these surveys appear about the possible long-term effects of all that plastic on the food chain of the sea, raising new questions about how this can ultimately affect food safety and human health.
Of the all-produced plastics, about 40% is used for packaging, also a large part of that plastic is used one time. Less than 1/5 of all that plastic is recycled, although many countries are striving to increase this number, with many innovative solutions”.
Officials in the city of Kwinana, Australia made a simple, amazing and extremely useful system at the Henley Reserve. This system works by placing the nets at the drainage pipes which catches a lot of waste and plastic.
Water through the pipes flows from populated areas to natural surfaces, and if it is not purified from the entire plastic waste it can be detrimental to the environment.
With the help of 2 networks, city authorities initially managed to collect over 800kg of waste within just two weeks. In doing so, with the help of these “traps” they manage to reduce pollution of the environment and wildlife.
This system is really expensive, the cost of a network with installation costs about $ 10,000, but the whole system is extremely efficient.
Nets are emptied using special garbage collection vehicles, which then carry the waste into a sorting center where it is separated into a non-recyclable material that can be recycled.
This excellent system is another proof that even such small things can make a big difference and help us improve our living while protecting our environment at the same time.