Australia Found a Way to Save Water From Plastic Pollution and We Can Start Doing the Same
Plastic pollution is a major problem these days, as it has serious adverse effects on our environment, health, and food.
According to National Geographic:
“Every year, it is estimated that 18 billion pounds of plastic waste is entering the world’s ocean from the coastal region.
All of these plastics damage the creatures living in the ocean, from the coral reefs to the fish and turtle, to the whales and seabirds that hunger because their stomachs are so congested with plastic pieces.
New research is under way on the possible long-term impact of small pieces of plastic on the marine food chain-asking new questions about how this might ultimately affect human health and food safety.
About 40 percent of all plastics produced are used in the package, and many are used only once and then discarded. Less than a fifth of all plastics are recycled, although many countries and companies are trying innovative solutions to increase that number. “
This year, authorities from the Australian city of Quinn installed a new, incredibly simple and very useful filtering system in the Henley Reserve. Namely, the network is at the exit of a drainage pipe that catches large remains and thus prevents pollution of the environment.
Pipes drain water from residential areas to natural areas, so waste from there can not damage the environment. Also, they are often washed with heavy rains, which draw spray to drainage systems.
Initially, the city authorities installed two networks, which managed to capture over 800 pounds of garbage within a few weeks. Therefore, they decided to set up such “traps” throughout the city and reduce the pollution of animals and the environment.
Their installation and production are expensive (about $ 10,000 per network), but the overall system is still quite profitable because it provides significant savings.
Nets are lifted when they are full, and the trash is dropped into special garbage trucks that are brought into the garbage sorting center, where it is separated into non-recyclable and recyclable materials. After that, the networks return to the drainage channels.
This filtration system is another proof that even such small things can make a big difference and help us improve our lives while protecting the environment.