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This is why we should clean up our debris

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You find a trace of cans, bottles, packs, plastic carrier bags and packaging for fast food along popular hiking paths and even in the middle of the forest.

A safe and harmonious society is a clean society, says Sander van Walsum. Every day he picks up litter and cleans roads and parks for the society! A self made volunteer that can’t stand the increasing mess in the community.

Along the way I pick all sorts of rubbish. Most of it are packaging materials and plastic bags.

Why do we have to clean up our rubbish

  • degeneration of PET bottles: never
  • degeneration of cigarette butts: 2-12 years
  • degeneration of gum: more than 20 years
  • degeneration of apples: 14 days
  • degeneration of paper: 6 months
  • degeneration of banana peel: 1 year
  • degeneration of tins and cans: 50 years

Deposits help to decrease debris

The introduction of a deposit on small bottles and other cans is expected to have a large effect on the litter volume.

From practices in Germany, Sweden and Norway show that this measure is effective. In some US states the volume of litter decreased with 33 to 38% after introduction of a deposit.

Trace of rubbish

No one feels responsible for the space that belongs to everyone. You find a trace of cans, bottles, packs, plastic carrier bags and packaging for fast food along popular hiking paths and even in the middle of the forest. But also in the neighborhood of bus stops, cafes and parks.

Regularly, I ask people to clean up the mess when they leave.

  • Sometimes you get favorable responses like “of course, we always do.”
  • Sometimes people claim that the mess is not theirs.
  • A few wonders why I interfere.

Avoid litter

Most of the time, it will take decades for litter to degenerate. Or it never will. Besides: cigarette butts pollute groundwater!

  • Plastic is blown into the water causing the plastic soup in the seas and oceans. (In every square kilometers of ocean, 18 thousand pieces of plastic float.)
  • 50- to 90 thousand seals dy by getting entangled in plastic waste.
  • The petrels found on the beaches of the North Sea had an average of 45 pieces of plastic in their stomachs
  • In the United Arab Emirates, the consumption of plastic bags is one of the leading causes of the death of camels.

Plastic particles serve as toxic substrates and accumulators, Influencing the rebar or trophic systems.The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that recycling one ton of plastic conserves approximately 3.8 barrels of crude oil. In 2008, 2.12 millions of plastic were recovered for recycling, the equivalent of roughly 7.6 million barrels of oil. Why shouldn’t we recycle our litter?

 

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