OCEANS WRAPPED IN PLASTIC HARM
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