Plastics a ‘hazard’, says Heidi
PLASTIC – Tangaroa Blue founder and Douglas Shire resident Heidi Taylor hates it.
As she told the Senate inquiry into the threat of marine plastics last week, she wants it to be labelled “hazardous”.
Ms Taylor is backing a call by a group of scientists who wrote in the journal Nature that all plastics should be labelled hazardous.
They argue such a classification would lead to immediate clean-up of many affected habitats using existing legislation and government funding.
The problem with things like plastic bags and toothbrushes in the marine environment are well know.
Not so well known are the plastic pollutants we can’t see – one of the points Tangaroa Blue Foundation, which holds one the most comprehensive databases on marine debris in Australia, raised in its submission to the inquiry is the levels of toxins that are accumulating in our food chain from plastics ingested by marine wildlife which can be extremely hazardous.
“This includes pre-production resin pellets and nao particles, the constantly accumulating particles resulting from the break up of plastic products, the micro scrubs in personal care products and micro fibres from clothing released through the sewerage system.”
“Classifying plastic waste as hazardous needs to become part of the discussion in our approach to the issue in Australia,” Tangaroa Blue said.
“We can’t continue to release over 8 million tonnes of plastic waste into our oceans every year and believe that this is not going to have huge impact to both our environment and human health in the future.”
Heidi Taylor of Tangaroa Blue