Experts state that plastic pollution is growing by 8 million metric tonnes each year so that if nothing is done, it might rise to 80 million metric tonnes per year by 2025. According to National Geographic, it is estimated that 18 billion pounds of plastic waste enter oceans, which is like piling up five grocery bags of plastic trash every foot of all coastlines around the world. Not to mention some of these plastic pieces need at least 400 years to break down.
Plastic pollution has seriously damaging effects on our environment, health, and food.
About 40 % of all plastic is used in packaging, and much of that is used only once and then dumped. Recently, people have begun cutting down on plastic consumption, since they have realized the effects plastic can have on the environment and our overall health.
Many states are working to find a new and effective solution for saving water from plastic pollution, but the Australian authorities have recently discovered a very efficient and easy way to save water from contamination.
The past summer, the authorities of Kwinana, an Australia city, installed a brilliant, incredibly simple, but highly effective, filtration drainage system in the Henley Reserve as trial.
How does it work?
The way it works is straightforward; a net is installed on the outlet of a drainage pipe which by catching large debris saves the environment from contamination.
The pipes drain water out of residential areas to suburb and natural areas, so the litter and trash from there can damage our environment. Furthermore, they are often washed away by heavy rains, which pull the garbage down to the drainage systems.
Initially, the city authorities installed two drainage nets as a trial, which managed to catch over 800 pounds of garbage within a few weeks. Therefore, they decided to install these trash nets all across town and reduce the pollution to the wildlife and surrounding environment.
Their installation and manufacture are pricey, (roughly $10,000 per net), but the total system remains quite profitable as it gives significant cost savings.
The nets are lifted by workers when getting full, and that garbage is thrown into particular trash-collecting trucks which deliver it to trash-sorting centers, where it’s split into non-recyclable and recyclable stuff. This trash then moves on for further recycling processing. Subsequently, the nets are placed back on the drainage outlets.
This filtration method is other evidence that proves even such a simple idea can make a huge difference and allow us to improve our lives while protecting our environment.
The benefits of this brilliant system are countless
One of the major problems with handling the plastic Pollution problem is identifying where the plastics wind up once they enter our oceans and seas. So far we can only account for 1% of the total plastic waste in our oceans now, which calls for the question; where’s the missing 99%?
Answering this question is becoming an important concern and focus for researchers. This means that when trash enters in wildlife, tracking them for filtering is almost impossible. This drainage net catches debris and plastic trash to not find their way in our environment.