Ar­ti­fi­cial turf will leave a toxic le­gacy

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

SUP­PORT ex­pressed by res­i­dents for ar­ti­fi­cial turf as­tounds me.

Per­haps peo­ple are un­aware that this ma­te­rial is made from fos­sil fu­el­based petro­chem­i­cals, some of which are car­cino­genic such as car­bon black, and have been as­so­ci­ated with con­tam­i­na­tion of the en­vi­ron­ment and ad­verse health ef­fects.

To sug­gest that fake turf, whether plas­tic grass or soft-fall rub­ber, is a bet­ter ground cover than mulch, grass or other nat­u­ral plant­based ground­cov­ers is ab­surd and un­sci­en­tific.

This prod­uct con­trib­utes to ur­ban heat ef­fects in our neigh­bour­hoods, chem­i­cals re­leased into our air and soil af­fect soil health, it is non-per­me­able leav­ing those doggy and hu­man bod­ily flu­ids to fer­ment in the sun, it fades and ends up look­ing like cheap plas­tic rub­bish.

Lo­cal gov­ern­ment is right to dis­cour­age and even pre­vent fake turf used in our en­vi­ron­ment.

This prod­uct will leave a toxic le­gacy that our so­ci­ety will re­gret in the fu­ture.

JaneRem­m­mer, Al­liance­foraClean En­vi­ron­men­tInc.,Guild­ford. few times this year, and sum­mer has nearly gone.

OK, I think this has been a bad year, weath­er­wise. There seems to be just one good day in each week. How­ever, pick­ing out the good day in the week a few days ahead is just one of the prob­lems.

You have to find a mate to go out with who has an equally flex­i­ble di­ary.

There might be a so­lu­tion. We should have a con­tact for those who want to go out in boats but don't have one to talk to boat own­ers who want a crew.

If any­one is in­ter­ested, phone me on 9527 2383. Nor­mHodgkin­son,


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