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Iceni Magazine | December 2, 2021

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Preventing Plastic Pollution In Our Waterways

Preventing Plastic Pollution in our Waterways

It may seem like major businesses are to blame (as they produce large amount of plastic waste) for the plastic entering our waterways but 30.4% of the waste actually comes from the public.

You may have noticed how plastic waste is everywhere. Not only is it filling up our landfills, but it is on the sides of our roads and floating in our canals, streams, lakes and our oceans.

It is having a damaging effect on our waterways and marine life with over a million birds suffering and thousands of marine mammals and turtles dying every year across the world. Many boaters may have witnessed the devastating effects the problem plastic is causing first-hand, as well as noticed the plastic items washing up on riverbanks, blocking weirs and floating around many marinas in the UK.

Plastic makes up 60-90% of marine debris and some of that debris, such as plastic bottles can take up to 450 years to break down. If we allow the problem to get worse, it will have a detrimental effect on our planet.

Luckily it is not too late to start making a change and saving our planet. Take a look at the infographic provided by BWML for more information of what you can do to prevent the plastic pandemic worsening.


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