A million plastic bottles a minute

3FEL9

Islander
2016 figures.

Trash by the numbers: Startling statistics about US garbage

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I still dont understand the problem. Why put household trash directly on landfills ?

Just incinerate in modern powerplants.
Sure there will still be some rather nasty dry ash of it.. That needs to be burried safely
 

August

Metanoia
I still dont understand the problem. Why put household trash directly on landfills ?

Just incinerate in modern powerplants.
Sure there will still be some rather nasty dry ash of it.. That needs to be burried safely

Believe this or not they are still 'discussing' doing that here , how crazy can you get they can't figure out if we should burn the rubbish to make power but they burn coal instead. Our landfills are filling quickly soon there will be nowhere to put our waste . Maybe they will dump it in the oceans like other countries do.
 

3FEL9

Islander
Believe this or not they are still 'discussing' doing that here , how crazy can you get they can't figure out if we should burn the rubbish to make power but they burn coal instead. Our landfills are filling quickly soon there will be nowhere to put our waste . Maybe they will dump it in the oceans like other countries do.

Who are 'they' ?
 

nivek

As Above So Below
HOW MUCH PLASTIC POLLUTION DO WE BREATHE IN PER DAY?

Plastic pollution has become so widespread that we may be inhaling up to 130 tiny pieces a day, research found.

Fibres from fleece and polyester clothing and particles from urban dust and car tyres are the biggest sources of so-called microplastics in the air.

The tiny specks are lighter than air and could cause asthma, heart disease and auto-immune conditions, the research, published in December 2017, found.

The study, a review of a number of recent plastics studies, revealed washing a single polyester garment can produce 1,900 plastic fibres.

This plastic pollution is on the rise as more and more synthetic clothing is produced.

While only people working with plastic fibres are known to develop respiratory problems, experts say the pollution is so widespread that it may now pose a risk to everyone's health.

The study's author, Dr Joana Correia Prata, of Fernando Pessoa University in Portugal, said: 'The evidence suggests that an individual's lungs could be exposed to between 26 and 130 airborne microplastics a day, which would pose a risk for human health, especially in susceptible individuals, including children.

'Exposure may cause asthma, cardiac disease, allergies and auto-immune diseases.'
 

nivek

As Above So Below
This is a good thing, a small step in the right direction but we need to move quicker...

New labelling helps UK shoppers avoid plastic packaging

Iceland is among the first supermarkets to introduce the new ‘trust mark’ that shows shoppers which food packaging has no hidden plastic in it.

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A new plastic-free “trust mark” is being introduced today, allowing shoppers to see at a glance whether products use plastic in their packaging.

The label will be prominently displayed on food and drink products, making it easier for consumers to choose greener alternatives.

UK supermarket Iceland and Dutch supermarket chain Ekoplaza - which introduced plastic-free aisles earlier this year – will start using the new labelling, alongside Teapigs teabags, but campaigners hope others will follow suit.

“Our trust mark cuts through the confusion of symbols and labels and tells you just one thing – this packaging is plastic-free and therefore guilt-free,” said Sian Sutherland, co-founder of A Plastic Planet, the campaign group behind the scheme.

As well as items obviously wrapped in plastic, scores of everyday products – from tinned beans to tea bags – have some plastic in their packaging.

Sutherland said she hoped the new labelling system would revolutionise the way people shop and lead to a radical reduction in plastic waste.

Iceland will begin to adopt the new labelling system on relevant own-label products this month, and roll it out across its range, which it has said will be free of single-use plastic packaging by 2023.

Ekoplaza said it would be rolling out the trust mark in 74 outlets across the Netherlands.

A Plastic Planet has been campaigning for supermarkets to introduce plastic-free aisles and there has been growing pressure on the major retailers to do more to tackle the problem.

Earlier this year the Guardian revealed that supermarkets are responsible for 1m tonnes of plastic waste a year.

Iceland managing director, Richard Walker, said: “With the grocery retail sector accounting for more than 40% of plastic packaging in the UK, it’s high time that Britain’s supermarkets came together to take a lead on this issue.





 

3FEL9

Islander
Mrleading chart.

Why is American so hard to master ?? Lol

All across the state, Californians are working to keep waste out of landfills. And California led the nation in 2013 by diverting an estimated 65 percent of its trash away from landfills. That means about 60 million tons of trash ended up being made into higher-value products, consuming fewer natural resources and reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions from the manufacturing process. In the years ahead, Californians will be asked to do even more to help meet a new statewide recycling goal: diverting 75 percent of our waste from landfills by 2020
 

CasualBystander

Celestial
Why is American so hard to master ?? Lol

All across the state, Californians are working to keep waste out of landfills. And California led the nation in 2013 by diverting an estimated 65 percent of its trash away from landfills. That means about 60 million tons of trash ended up being made into higher-value products, consuming fewer natural resources and reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions from the manufacturing process. In the years ahead, Californians will be asked to do even more to help meet a new statewide recycling goal: diverting 75 percent of our waste from landfills by 2020

This raises some questions about the chart.

60/.65 = 92.3 so California produces 92.3 million tons of trash a year.

That is about 3 tons/person.
 

CasualBystander

Celestial
It could be business related trash also,^^ , it doesnt correspond to what they claim

They estimated trash from EPA data on landfills. Someone's numbers aren't right.

As a side note - California is dumping on Nevada. Nevada is mostly empty and Californians apparently think that makes it a landfill site.

The nuclear test range (once it is cleared of duds) would be a good landfill site.
 

nivek

As Above So Below
I have only 2 polyester (plastic) shirts left, the rest of my clothes are cotton or wool...I won't but polyester ever again...One of these plastic shirts is a nice boating shirt, I like it, it fits me well, except for the fact it's plastic...
 

nivek

As Above So Below
When I was in the garden yesterday I noticed my garden hose was plastic...Its in the recycle bin now, going to buy a rubber hose this week...
 

nivek

As Above So Below
The waters around there must be extremely polluted, that is astounding freaking 80 plastic bags...When will this insanity end?...


Whale swallows EIGHTY plastic bags weighing a total of 18lbs and dies after beaching itself in Thailand despite desperate rescue attempt
  • South-east Asian nation one of the largest consumers of plastic bags in world
  • Small whale was found barely alive in a canal near the border with Malaysia
  • Team of vets worked to try and save mammal, which vomited up five bags
  • At least 300 marine animals die in Thai waters after digesting plastic bags
 

CasualBystander

Celestial
The waters around there must be extremely polluted, that is astounding freaking 80 plastic bags...When will this insanity end?...


Whale swallows EIGHTY plastic bags weighing a total of 18lbs and dies after beaching itself in Thailand despite desperate rescue attempt
  • South-east Asian nation one of the largest consumers of plastic bags in world
  • Small whale was found barely alive in a canal near the border with Malaysia
  • Team of vets worked to try and save mammal, which vomited up five bags
  • At least 300 marine animals die in Thai waters after digesting plastic bags

Eighty plastic bags weigh a few ounces. Something funny about this story.

And now a word about recycling.

Recycling: Lots Of It Ends Up In Landfills, Does Little To Help Environment

It has become an article of faith in the U.S. that recycling is a good thing. But evidence is piling up that recycling is a waste of time and money, and a bit of a fraud.

The New York Times recently reported that, unknown to most families who spend hours separating garbage into little recycling bins, much of the stuff ends up in a landfill anyway.

One big reason: China has essentially shut the door to U.S. recyclables.

The Times notes that about a third of recyclables gets shipped abroad, with China the biggest importer. But starting this year, China imposed strict rules on what it will accept, effectively banning most of it. That, the Times reports, has forced many recycling companies who can’t find other takers to dump recyclables into landfills.

One company, Oregon’s Rogue Disposal and Recycling, sent “all its recycling to landfills for the first few months of the year,” the Times reports.

The Daily Grind of Recycling

“Not that recycling seems to be viable — not beyond aluminum cans and plastics number 1 and 2. The rest of it can’t be processed at a profit. (Glass bottles and jars present a particular challenge.) As it turns out, much of the more valuable stuff can’t be processed at a profit either. Not unless the rest of us do a lot of the labor.” Remember, it’s a religious ritual.

Recycling other than metal and Plastics 1 and 2 has no value. When it comes to recycling - I'm an atheist, or possibly worship Molech.

High temperature incineration - which generates power and valuable CO2, is the only way.

Burn, baby, burn.
 

nivek

As Above So Below
We must get a grip on our waste...This is asinine...

Tidal wave of 111 MILLION tonnes of plastic pollution could flood the planet by 2030 following China’s crackdown on importing the world's waste

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  • Wealthy countries must find a way to slow the accumulation plastic, study found
  • China has taken 105 million tonnes (116 million tons) of plastic since 1992
  • On December 31 2017 China passed the 'National Sword' policy
  • 111 million tonnes (122 million tons) of plastic will need a home by 2030
  • This new policy is forcing countries to rethink how they deal with plastic waste

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