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The increasing problem of plastics in our oceans

The amount of plastic in the oceans of the world is predicted to treble in the next ten years unless affirmative action is taken to deal with the problem, according to a new report just published.

Some experts have warned that plastic is one of the gravest threats facing the seas, as well as flagging other environmental issues such as rising sea levels, warmer oceans and metal and chemical pollution.

Waste overboard! Out of sight, out of mind

For far too many years we have adopted an out of sight, out of mind approach to the problems affecting the seas around the world. The practice of throwing all waste overboard from ships was always a common place activity. I recall being on a holiday cruise and witnessed a vast number of boxes of waste, including bottles, cans and plastics stretching back to the horizon in the wake of the cruise liner. That was just one ship, when you consider the many thousands that navigate the globe every year, you can imagine the vast quantity of waste that ends up in the ocean.

Some of you will have seen a post on social media of plastic in a water filled jar next to jellyfish in another jar, they look almost identicle. This is why so many sea turtles end up eating plastic bags and becoming ill or dying.

We really need to do more to reduce theamount of waste, particularly plastic that enters the sea and the impact it has. Our governments need to identify ways of protecting biodiversity in the seas, only then will the sea and all the diverse life that lives there have a future.

Governments already recognise that the biggest industrial growth in the seas will come from offshore wind, swiftly followed by marine aquaculture and fish processing.

There is a desperate need for more quality and targeted research into the impact waste plastic is having on the ocean. Possibly a good start would happen well away from the shores of our oceans and in our own high streets! We should be aiming for shops that are plastic free in their packaging. No more rolls of plastic bags in the fruit and veg ailes and no more plastic wrapping around meats and other produce. We now have biodegradable products that will break down safely in land fill, water and some that are even edible by marine life and earthworms.

Plastic pollution, which is set to treble between 2015 and 2025 unless we take action fast, has a physical and damaging presence in the oceans, and can accumulate on the coasts or in particular areas of the sea, sometimes remaining in such an area for many years owing to the tidal and current patterns of that location. This build up of plastic can be devastating to the already delicate ecosystem.

Spare a thought for the sea turtle

Many animals have been seen consuming or becoming entangled in plastics. Sea turtles who have grown deformed after getting stuck in the plastic drinks can holders are a common sight in some parts of the ocean. These issues and other physical signs we can see easily, unfortunately we cannot see the toxic effects they have when they break down and end up inside marine organisms and the scientists are still not clear on the long term effects of this.

Although we are still not certain what levels of plastic toxicity is present in the oceans and what harm it is doing, we should still minimise the amount of plastic, both macroplastic and microplastic, going into the marine environment, in order to make sure that if there are toxic effects, those are being dealt with.

Surely the best way to reduce plastic pollution in our oceans should be to prevent it from entering the sea in the first place! Introducing new biodegradable plastics and making the public more aware about marine pollution and protection should be at the forefront of any responsible governments manifesto.

Plastic: The ultimate threat to our oceans

Plastic pollution is one of the greatest threats facing our oceans, with items ranging from whole plastic bottles to tiny microplastic beads from cosmetics being found in seas all around the world. Individually we may be shocked at plasic bottles ending up in the sea and would never contribute to such a damaging method of waste disposal, but what about micro plastics? Every time we wash our face with an exfoliating scrub or use certain whitening toothpastes, we may be allowing hundreds of thousands of these tiny plastic beads find their way into our river systems and in turn, the oceans, as they are too small to be filtered out at the plants intended to ensure effluent does not end up in the sea.

Should we not take strong action now, the problem will get steadily worse. More research is needed on the many different areas of plastic pollution, but it is already clear that we must end our love affair with throwaway plastic and find alternative packaging solutions which will not harm our wonderfully delicate environment.

Retailers and manufacturers should do more

Retailers and manufacturers should stop using single use plastic from their own brand packaging and the Government could help by introducing a country wide deposit return scheme for all drinks containers to help the reduction of waste plastic. We should all be thinking about reuse and recycle when it comes to all our waste, particularly plastics.

If we could see the damage we are doing to our marine environment, we would be shocked at the terrible impact we are having on our fragile planet.

When you think about it, we know far less about what goes on at the bottom of our deepest oceans than we do about the planet surface of the moon. However, one thing we do know is that nothing lives on the moon, but things do live in our ocean and they are a finite resource and we run a very real risk of losing them forever unless we act fast.


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A guide to what can and cannot go into a hired skip

At Stevenage Skip Hire we are frequently asked what waste materials can be placed into the hired skips we supply. So we thought it would be a good idea to offer a quick guide as to what is and is not acceptable.

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The problem with plastic pollution in Hertfordshire

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Fly tipping is simply another term used to describe illegal dumping of all manner of waste material, it is also called fly dumping. Whatever term is used, it is the dumping of waste illegally instead of using an authorised method such as kerbside collection or using an authorised rubbish dump. It is the illegal deposit of any waste onto land, including waste dumped or tipped on a site with no licence to accept waste.

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Recycled plastic for roads and pavements

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Hire a skip from Stevenage Skip Hire for your garden waste

No matter what the season, a medium sized Hertfordshire garden can generate a massive amount of waste materials. The winter will leave a lot of dead leaves and twiggs from nearby trees to clear up, and when the warmer months hit, the waste is generated on a weekly basis as things grow rapidly.

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Get a skip and avoid fly tipping in Hertfordshire

Not only does fly tipping blight the Hertfordshire countryside around us, it can have a devastating effect on the wildlife that we co-exist with. Then of course there is the eye watering cost of clearing up the mess that inconsiderate people have created. We all pay the price for this ecologically unsound practice through increased council tax bills from our councils. This could all be avoided if everyone disposed of their waste in the correct manner and hiring a skip is probably the best way to go about this, particularly if you have a large amount of waste to dispose of.

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Hire a skip instead of going to your local Hertfordshire tip

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Hire a skip from Stevenage Skip Hire for your soil and mud

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Useful information about skip hire in Hertfordshire

The one question we get asked the most at Stevenage Skip Hire is what size skip the customer will need. We always suggest that you think about what you need to dispose of and remember that two skips can be far more expensive than one larger skip. Skips are measured by the yard and range from 3 yard mini skips to roll-on roll-off containers more suitable for higher volume waste requirements.

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Hire a skip from Stevenage Skip Hire to save you time effort and money

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Having a good clear out of the garden shed or garage produces way more rubbish than you ever imagined possible. Decorating preparation can also produce a good deal of waste, such as old skirting boards and stripped wood chip paper that his been up since the war, so a skip is a great way to dispose of the waste.

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Further Information

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Graveley
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A guide to what can and cannot go into a Stevenage Skip Hire hired skip
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What happens to all the plastic we throw out in Hertfordshire
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