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The problem with plastic pollution in Hertfordshire

Plastic pollution is now one of the biggest environmental concerns we have to face. You may feel that large amounts of plastic waste are unavoidable in the world we live in, but you and your family can help with the plastic pollution issue by being aware of its dangers and taking the necessary steps to reduce your plastic waste.

It is easy to see that the amount of waste material in the world will increase as the population grows, and disposable plastic products, like water bottles and coffee machine pods, accumulate over time. Plastic pollution occurs when enough plastic has gathered in an area that it affects the natural environment and harms plants, animals, or humans.

Just think about your domestic coffee machine. Each time you use those plastic pods you are adding to the global issue of plastic waste. They cannot even be recycled and the average annual consumption of a single coffee drinker will generate a small mountain of these pods.

Plastic has toxic pollutants that damage the environment and cause land, water, and air pollution. It can take hundreds or even thousands of years for plastic to break down, so the damage to the environment is not a short term problem. Even when the plastic breaks down, it breaks down into smaller plastic particles and this allows the toxins to leach into the soil and water courses, causing a genuine health hazard for many generations of all forms of life on earth.

So what causes plastic pollution?

The more we use plastic, the more we pollute the environment. Plastic is very cheap and available in so many different forms and people frequently dispose of plastic items. As stated, plastic does not decompose as such, leaches txins into the surrounding soil and water courses and release a huge amount of toxins into the air if incinerated.

The rubbish you put out on a weekly basis for the dust cart is one of the biggest contributors to plastic pollution. Milk and fruit juice cartons with plastic linings, water and cordial bottles, soaps and cosmetics with small plastic beads, and other products end up in landfill where they affect the soil, groundwater and wildlife.

Plastic pollution at sea

Plastic is more than just a land pollution issue. Commercial fishing nets are of great concern. Fishing nets are often made from plastic. When the nets enter the water, they leak toxins into the sea. If the nets get snagged on underwater obstructions, they are often broken free of the fishing boat or simply cut free and left in the ocean, this just adds more pollutants to the water.

Just 10 rivers carry 90% of plastic polluting the oceans

As well as being some of the worlds longest rivers, they have big populations alongside them. The first two are in Africa, with the rest being in Asia.

  • Nile
  • Niger
  • Indus
  • Ganges
  • Amur
  • Mekong
  • Pearl
  • Hai he
  • Yellow
  • Yangtze.

What are the effects of plastic pollution?

The majority of pollution in the ocean is from plastic, and it has a severe impact on marine species. A knock on effect is that it can damage the economy and food supply for communities that rely on fishing.

Plastic pollution damages the microscopic organisms such as plankton, which larger animals depend on for food. If these organisms are poisoned from ingesting plastic, then the animals that eat them will also consume toxins and we eat the fish, so the pollution travels right the way up the food chain.

Not only does plastic cause serious damage to the ocean, but it can also damage groundwater sources and this is the water that we drink. Water sources across the globe are in danger because of plastic pollution. Plastic toxins in landfill and from litter can seep into the groundwater, making our water supply effectively toxic.

Strong winds over land or sea can carry plastic waste or litter throughout the environment. On land it may become lodged in trees, fences or other structures such as buildings. When animals come into contact with this plastic waste, they risk consuming the toxins or becoming caught up in the plastic and suffocating. If an animal consumes a piece of plastic, the plastic can clog its stomach while also poisoning it with toxins. Around two hundred different species of animals are known to ingest plastic waste that has found its way into the environment.

Air pollution is another big concern for humans and animals alike. When plastic is burned in the open air, it releases plumes of disgusting toxins, which pollute the air. If the toxins are inhaled for a long period of time, it can lead to respiratory problems. There is evidence of this in people who live near to incinerators.

As the planets population increases, land becomes more scarce, and it will soon become difficult to find places to put our rubbish. Over time, landfills will take up more land, encroaching on animals habitats and coming even closer to groundwater sources.

As well as harming plants, animals, and people, it costs vast sums of money every year to cleanse areas exposed to plastic toxins. Many regions have seen a decrease in tourism because of the amount of pollution in their environment, which can have a serious impact on local economies.

So what are the solutions to plastic pollution?

We can all help fix the problem by making more of an effort to reduce plastic waste. A good way to reduce waste is to use reusable bags when you do your weekly shop. Apart from the money you save using a bag for life, you will be making a positive impact on the environment.

When you go on picnics, have a packed lunch or go to the gym, take a reusable water bottle instead of a disposable one. If everyone drank the recommended amount of water per day from disposable bottles, every person would create a huge mountain of plastic waste that would create huge amounts of pollution.

We nearly all love a coffee when out and there is no shortage of coffee outlets to choose from, but take a reusable cup instead of the supplied take out ones. It really is all about doing the little things that make a difference. aurants.

Avoid using plastic straws, even in restaurants. If you like using straws, you can purchase a reusable glass or stainless steel straw. A lot of outlets are moving away from plastic straws anyway.

You should aim to buy household products like washing powder in cardboard boxes instead of plastic bottles. If you are a smoker or use candles or burners around the house, consider investing in a metal refillable lighter instead of disposable plastic ones. It really is the small changes in your daily life that can add up and reduce the amount of plastic waste that ends up in the environment.

Again, reducing your plastic use as much as possible is a good start but take it a step further, recycle everything you can. You can refuse to buy goods with too much packaging, get appliances repaired rather than dumping them. We all need to get away from the throw away society we currently live in.

If you are serious about reducing plastic waste and reducing pollution in the environment, make the change today by considering what else you could do to reduce the negative impact plastic has on us, wildlife and the environment. Speak to local restaurants, shops, or other businesses about environmentally friendly packaging and bagging options. More and more businesses are decreasing their use of plastic supplies because of environmental concerns, and local businesses are likely to take their customers suggestions seriously.

Plastic pollution has a massive impact on the environment, but plastic waste does not have to be unavoidable. Every time you make the choice to avoid or recycle plastic products, you lower the risk of environmental damage. Be conscious of your choices, and encourage those around you to think twice before they throw away plastic or buy unnecessary plastic items.


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