OCEANS WRAPPED IN PLAS­TIC HARM

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

DID you know 95 per cent of plas­tic pack­ag­ing is not re­cy­cled world­wide, ac­cord­ing to the study by the Ellen MacArthur Foun­da­tion. It could be worth up to $174 bil­lion a year. An­other study has shown 32 per cent of the an­nual pro­duc­tion of plas­tic goes into the ocean. Forty per cent goes into land­fill and just 14 per cent is col­lected for re­cy­cling or in­cin­er­ated for en­ergy. The re­search es­ti­mated the leak­age into the ocean was at least eight mil­lion tonnes per year - equal to one garbage truck load ev­ery minute - and there was more than 150 mil­lion tonnes in the ocean. It pre­dicted there would be more plas­tic than fish in the sea by 2050. OK, this a world­wide is­sue and dif­fer­ent coun­tries have vastly dif­fer­ent re­cy­cling pro­grams. But we should be at the fore­front of plas­tic re­cy­cling in Aus­tralia. There should be gov­ern­ment co-or­di­na­tion. It should be an elec­tion is­sue.

Rick Lee - Re­gional Edi­tor

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