Plastic waste is fast becoming a widely recognised problem. While it is an important material for our economy, providing multiple benefits to modern day living, plastic can take thousands of years to biodegrade. It takes up valuable space in landfill sites and is polluting the natural environment, having a significant impact on our oceans.
The majority of plastic waste does not get reused or recycled and experts believe that 50% of plastic is single-use, meaning it is used once before being discarded. Single-use plastic includes plastic water bottles, plastic packaging, plastic grocery bags etc. Different kinds of plastic take anywhere between 400 & 1000 years to degrade in a landfill and about 90% of it isn't recycled, meaning more than 6.3 billion metric tons of plastic products that have ended up as trash is still around that is enough to circle the Earth 4 times.
We are not only hurting the environment by using so much plastic, but damaging our own bodies and sea life. Chemicals in plastic interact with hormones and may lead to numerous health problems, including heart disease and diabetes. Plastic fragments from bags, bottles and other items that are laced with chemicals can also be ingested by marine animals and poison them.
Sign this petition to encourage our city to take action as fast as possible in reducing the amount of single-use plastic packaging and products used in markets and restaurants and move toward a thriving culture of reuse.
Creating a ‘circular economy’ is based on the notion of maintaining the value of products, materials and resources within the economy for as long as possible, consequently minimising the generation of waste which is produced. This concept helps to shape an essential part of the EU’s plans to develop a sustainable and more resource efficient economy, with plastics forming one of the top five priority areas to be addressed.
While it is likely to be impossible to eliminate plastic completely from our lives, there are steps which can be taken to help reduce the amount which we are using.