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"Waste is a design flaw"
-Nate Morris, Chairman and CEO at Rubicon
The Lowdown On Waste
Plastic is suffocating our oceans.
In 2017, there was "more than 5 trillion pieces of plastic, with a combined mass of more than 250,000 tons, are floating in our oceans."
Thing you didn't know contained plastic
Cigarette butts are the most commonly polluted plastic. About 4.5 trillion individual butts are polluting our global environment.
Cash for Trash - New York
The New York State Returnable Container Act, also known as the "Bottle Bill", has been a tremendous success.
Since its passage, the Bottle Bill has achieved significant impacts to create a cleaner and healthier New York.
The Bottle Bill reduces roadside container litter by 70 percent and in 2016 helped to recycle 5.1 billion plastic, glass and aluminium beverage containers totalling more than 246,000 tons; at no cost to local governments.
Waste What Can We Do
What Can We Do?
Included in An Taisce Clean-up Kit: bags, pairs of gloves and some hi-viz vests
Waste - Comm Clean
Zero Waste Living
Consider zero waste living
Food waste that goes into landfill doesn't decompose as usual.
A head of lettuce can take up to 25 years to decompose in landfill.
Don't put your food waste in your general waste bin, please!
Resources We Recommend
WASTE PACKAGING STATISTICS FOR IRELAND
EPA Waste Data Release, 30 July 2020
6 Ways You Can Save the Ocean from Home - Ocean Conservancy
Your A to Z of all things waste - MyWaste
Rotten || This docuseries travels deep into the heart of the food supply chain to reveal unsavory truths and expose hidden forces that shape what we eat. - Netflix
In The News
Jamaica: Plastics ban creates new opportunities
UN Environment Program, Monday January 25th 2021
"Every September, on International Coastal Cleanup Day in Jamaica, plastic is the most collected material. In 2019, the top 10 items collected were all single-use plastic and polystyrene (foam) waste, anything from plastic bottles to food wrappers.
More than 8 million tons of plastic end up in our oceans globally, each year, adversely impacting ecosystems, biodiversity and potentially human health."
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