Put your plas­tic bot­tle away

Malta Independent - - LIFESTYLE & CULTURE -

Plas­tic has a neg­a­tive im­pact on our en­vi­ron­ment. It is gen­er­ally be­lieved that plas­tic takes at least 500 years to de­com­pose. Plas­tic bot­tles are used every day across all gen­er­a­tions - es­pe­cially in Malta’s hot to mild year round cli­mate when it is more im­por­tant than ever to stay hy­drated. Buy­ing count­less amounts of bot­tled wa­ter packs gen­er­ates so much waste. Not to fin­ish in our land­fill, each and every bot­tle needs to be sep­a­rated, col­lected, cleaned and ex­ported. But the news is not all bad. In fact the per­cent­age of sep­a­rated and re­cy­cled plas­tic in Malta has risen by al­most ten per­cent in just four years, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Waste Man­age­ment plan (2014– 2020). Since Jan­uary of this year, Waste­serv has al­ready ex­ported 933.32 met­ric tonnes of PET plas­tic.

While the fig­ures are look­ing bet­ter, we all still need to re­dou­ble our ef­forts and con­tinue to sep­a­rate and re­duce the waste we all pro­duce if we are to en­sure that Malta meets its 2020 tar­gets. By in­tro­duc­ing easy habits to our daily lives we can do our bit in re­duc­ing plas­tic bot­tle waste.

Whether at home or at work, re­duce the num­ber of wa­ter bot­tle pur­chases by con­sid­er­ing get­ting a wa­ter dis­penser com­ple­mented by in­vest­ing in a good qual­ity BPA free wa­ter bot­tle which can be re­filled. Most peo­ple find that by sim­ply car­ry­ing a wa­ter bot­tle with them at all times, they drink more wa­ter, which is al­ways ben­e­fi­cial. Now that chil­dren have gone back to school, use those same sim­ple steps and stock up on re­us­able bot­tles. Don’t for­get to throw in one for your own use. You can also look into in­stalling re­v­erse os­mo­sis sys­tems in your home. Lobby for them to be in­stalled at your work­place too and out­line how cost ef­fi­cient a wa­ter dis­penser would be to your boss. Then say good bye to lug­ging six packs of wa­ter all the time! So do your bit and en­cour­age oth­ers to re­duce their use of plas­tic bot­tles. Fi­nally, re­mem­ber – if it is im­per­a­tive that you buy a wa­ter bot­tle the least you can do is to re­cy­cle it prop­erly in the ap­pro­pri­ate bag. Visit www.dont­wastew­aste.gov.mt.

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