Welcome to Australia’s plastic beach

16 Apr

Published on Apr 15, 2018

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How much rubbish could you collect from a suburban beach in 30 minutes? You may find the answer confronting. Guardian Australia joins Paul Sharp and Silke Stuckenbrock from the Two Hands Project to see just how prevalent plastics are on Australia’s beaches.

5 Responses to “Welcome to Australia’s plastic beach”

  1. gerard oosterman April 16, 2018 at 4:22 pm #

    What happened to the deposits on bottles including plastic ones? Thirty years ago in Holland a system was introduced where all glass containers could be returned to super-markets. You put them in a machine and out popped a credit receipt which one used inside the supermarket for a refund on your shopping. Simple and it worked. Nothing ever seems to be taken up in Australia.

    Politicians rave on how innovative we are. But the truth is the opposite.

    • berlioz1935 April 16, 2018 at 8:17 pm #

      You to have noticed this trend in Australia? It is all talk never any good happens.

  2. berlioz1935 April 16, 2018 at 8:15 pm #

    I refrain from giving you “like” as this is very sad indeed. Some people are reckless in their regard for the environment.

  3. stuartbramhall April 17, 2018 at 7:26 am #

    Plastic is one area in which ordinary people can do a great deal to help the environment – by taking recyclable fabric shopping bags to the super market and making sure all their plastic containers are recycled.

  4. auntyuta April 17, 2018 at 10:29 am #

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/apr/16/scientists-accidentally-create-mutant-enzyme-that-eats-plastic-bottles

    In The Guardian today:

    “Scientists have created a mutant enzyme that breaks down plastic drinks bottles – by accident. The breakthrough could help solve the global plastic pollution crisis by enabling for the first time the full recycling of bottles. . . . ”

    A mutant enzyme? This seems to be a terrific breakthrough!

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