Lessons in the "Plastics" Category

What do you think about plastic bottle recycling?

What do you think about plastic bottle recycling? It’s an interesting question that the Scottish government is taking action on. They aim to introduce a deposit return scheme, whereby you can get money for depositing your plastic drinks bottles, glass bottles, and aluminium cans, into recycling containers. The Scottish government wants to tackle litter and clean up its streets.

Having a deposit return scheme could also have a huge impact on decreasing the amount of litter found on Scottish beaches. Certainly, it will save money for local authorities, and it will help the recycling industry.

Plastic waste increases in North Pacific

Today let’s talk about the vast increase in plastic waste in the North Pacific. All across the area you will find huge amounts of floating debris. Data, published recently, by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in California, says the quantity of small plastic fragments floating in the North Pacific has increased a hundred fold over the last 40 years.

Scientists from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography documented the big rise when they trawled the waters off California. They were able to compare their plastic “catch” with previous data for the region. The group reported its findings in The Journal of Biology Letters.

Category: Environment / Pacific Ocean / Plastics