Part 3: Education in Waste


I am pretty naive when it comes to our Recycling.
I thought that they had it down pat. Our State Government said that our Recycling program was robust.
Our local landfill was taken over by a company who were going to revolutionise the waste industry.

All was good.

Our plastics all had little codes, with a number, to tell us it was recyclable.

But they didn't have a plan once the wheels fell of the "shipping it all overseas for ease" cart.
Then it all came to a head, now we have alot of buzz words and all the "do-gooders" out in force to "fix" the situation.
Highlighting the need for change, the motivation to change behaviours, to create a recycling input change.
But the spotlight and fanfare brings our many good, and not so good, operators.

Micro plastics in our food chain, oceans, soils ... but companies still produce huge volumes of plastic, we consumers consume products contained in these plastics - convenience is a big thing.

So, between the hype, the fact & the future possibilities - how about we cover some basics?
Like, what do the codes on the plastic bottles mean?

Single Use Plastics & Plastic Knowledge

Plastic lasts a long time. If it is made then it should be reused as most of it will outlive all of us.
But Plastic is so cheap, that it can be used once and then disposed of.

Out of sight & out of mind.

Trying to change mindsets isn't easy. I'm trying to change my own family's use of plastics and they just look at me blankly like I'm a nut.
Governments wont stop it and neither will industry - it's just too practical for our consumer society.

I didn't even understand what each of the recycle codes meant.
So, here they are just in case you're interested too.

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There are many question marks about the long term effects of plastics.
Many times, because there is a label, we think that everything must be fine right? Until they find something leeches out of the plastics in, say our milk, that quickly gets changed without really knowing what the effects were before the "new found wisdom.

"BPA-free water bottles may contain another harmful chemical"

and just like the good ol' cigarette companies, plastic supplies have a monetary interest to maximise profits for as long as possible.


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