Some say our garbage is now the greatest threat to life on this planet. Could this be true?
Supposedly there are islands of trash floating in the ocean that are bigger than Texas.
These “garbage patches” are causing catastrophic destruction to aquatic wildlife.
Is this just another doomsday conspiracy or is it a real fact?
With these questions in mind I decided to do a small experiment.
Wearing rubber gloves and armed with a garbage bag I walked along my home street, picking up rubbish from the nature strip and in the gutter.
To my surprise (and disgust) I found that my 56 litre trash bag was just under half full after walking only 300 meters, on only one side of the road.
I returned home and opened the contents of the bag and this is what I found.
13 cigarette butts, 2 glass bottles, 4 plastic bottles, 1 dining fork,
4 aluminium cans, 1 potato crisp packet, 7 plastic bottle caps,
2 metal bottle caps, 2 drinking straws, 9 candy wrappers,
2 paper cups, 1 metre of rope, 1 milk carton,
2 cigarette packets, 1 ball of cotton, 1 rag
33 assorted paper tidbits and 30 small unidentifiable plastic pieces
1 single bed mattress !
There are literally thousands of these streets in Australia and millions of these suburbs globally.
Each street is connected to a drain system that carries away small pieces trash during storms.
Then out to the ocean.
Perhaps we should all strive to put our rubbish in the bin.
I know I will.
Loxley Smithett, earthknight.org