How to get rid of plastic garbage in your backyard
Posted November 21, 2018 08:30:30It’s time to ditch the plastic bags, plastic trays, and plastic plates and put plastic on your doorstep.
The Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) has found that plastic is the biggest environmental threat to marine life.AIMs scientists have studied more than 1,200 species of marine animals, including seals, whales, turtles, sea lions and turtles, and found that more than 70 per cent of them are at risk of being exposed to the plastic they use.
In the last decade, plastic has been blamed for killing more than 80 per cent or more of the marine life in Australia, and destroying its habitats and contributing to climate change.
To protect marine life, a team of scientists from AIMs is launching a pilot project in a number of communities to find out how best to remove plastic from the landscape.
The project, called the “greening of the oceans”, will see scientists collect plastic waste and recycle it for use in sustainable products, including building materials.
The AIMS’ research found that a significant number of the plastic species in the oceans are at high risk of disappearing because of human activities, with the greatest concern for marine birds and fish.
The researchers also found that many of the plastics that were used in the plastics industry were made of petroleum and petroleum-based materials, which could be toxic.
The findings are important because of the significant environmental damage that plastics can cause, according to the AIMA.
Dr Jennifer Jones, one of the study’s lead researchers, said the plastic waste was a big concern for the research team, who have been studying the effects of plastic waste on marine animals.
“We know that marine animals are important to the ecosystem and their habitats,” she said.
“There is a lot of plastic in the ocean that is impacting wildlife.”
The research team collected plastic from all parts of the country, and from different places.
“The majority of the materials were found in the local waterways and in the coastal areas,” Dr Jones said.
The research was funded by the National Institute of Health and the Australian Research Council.