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Plastic bait bag disposal
Recently, while strolling along the 100m foreshore of the
Mooney boat ramp reserve on the mighty Hawkesbury River, I
counted sixteen empty plastic bait container bags washed up
on the bank.
These bags were among a significant amount of other debris,
reflecting the perilous nature of the health of waterways in
general. Most anglers are careful with plastic bag disposal, but
there will always be an irresponsible few, and there will always
be accidental overboard losses of plastic bags.
A simple solution to the plastic bait bag problem would be
a NSW regulatory requirement for all bait containers to be fully
and rapidly biodegradable. As there appears to be only a handful
of manufacturers of frozen bait in NSW, and a creative packaging
industry, the outcome seems relatively easy to achieve.
It would be unfair to ask any single supplier to go it alone
voluntarily, as each of them must compete in a cost conscious
marketplace. A regulatory requirement would impose the cost
increase across all suppliers, disadvantaging none.
Packaging materials such as waxed paper or cardboard are
available and would degrade fairly quickly in the water. A lead
time of six months would allow the industry time to adjust, and
old stock to be exhausted.
It might cost a few cents more for an angler to buy the
products, but I doubt that any would complain, as the increased
cost is minimal in relation to the existing whole product costs.
Encourage bottle recycling and
save the planet
We all know how damaging to sea life the plastic bag is and
how it is choking up beaches around the world.
However, there is another treacherous item floating in the
oceans and proving just as lethal – the humble plastic bottle.
There are a million plastic bottles bought every single minute
and estimated to increase by 20 per cent by 2021.
The demand for bottled water is so great that 20.000 bottles
are sold every second. Less than half are collected for recycling
into new bottles and most finish up in landfill or in the oceans.
More than 13 million tonnes leak into the oceans each year and
are ingested by fish, sea birds and other organisms.
Research indicates there will be more plastic by weight than
fish in the oceans and even more scary. experts say it will soon
find its way into the human food chain. It is reported the weight
of plastic in the world equals the weight of humanity. How can
we overcome the problem?
Well we can adopt the recycling example of Norway where
97 per cent of their plastic is recycled.
The Norwegian system is simple and cost effective as it uses
a deposit system on plastic bottles and retailer reward system
to encourage recycling.
Simple, and other European countries are considering
adopting the Norwegian system. We can do the same.
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