There is 600 thousand tonnes of plastic waste created by Australians every year. This is a huge amount. Plastic waste has fast become a big problem in many landfill sites. The problem is that it takes many years to break down. With so many different varieties of plastic around it is inevitable that some of it will end up either polluting our water ways or in landfill. Everything from plastic straws to plastic bags and plastic drink bottles are ending up as waste pilling up in land fill sites.
Huge amounts of plastic waste comes from our supermarkets. When you go to do your weekly grocery shop you probably don’t take too much notice of packaging. But when you stop and think about it and look around you will notice that there is so much plastic used. Rolls of plastic bags ready to be used for your fruit and vegetables. Packaging for different meats, chip packaging, frozen food packaging. These are all plastics that can take years to break down.
Supermarkets aren’t the only source of plastic waste. There are restaurants that you get take away from, fast food, service stations and cafes. Plastic waste is everywhere in the form of bottles, take away containers and many types of wrappers.
With so much plastic around in everyday life, it is always so important to keep recycling as much as we can. Most people are aware of the importance of recycling plastics and do their part to ensure plastic waste ends up in the correct recycling bin. If you can, why not try reusing the plastic containers and bottles. Maybe try something a little bit crafty, like making a bird feeder out of a plastic bottle. Supermarkets removing the use of single use plastic bags is a great start in eliminating the huge amount of plastic waste. But we also need to continue to be mindful about the plastics that we purchase and how we dispose of them. Reducing plastic waste will help keep our environment healthy.