What is single-use plastic? Why you should start recycling from home?

South Coasters Taryn Burns, her daughter Savannah and professional surfer Royden Bryson are on a mission to save the ocean and are calling the community to join them in this quest to become ‘ocean friendly’.

 

What is single-use plastic?

 

Single-use plastics, or disposable plastics, are used only once before they are thrown away or recycled. These items are things like plastic bags, straws, coffee stirrers, cold drink and water bottles and most food packaging.

 

According to www.plasticfreechallenge.org we produce roughly 300 million tons of plastic each year and half of it is disposable!

 

World-wide only 10-13 percent of plastic items are recycled. The nature of petroleum based disposable plastic makes it difficult to recycle and they have to add new virgin materials and chemicals to it to do so. Additionally there are a limited number of items that recycled plastic can be used.

 


Many businesses are urged to switch to biodegradable or compostable packaging.

 

What is the South Coast doing to help fight ocean pollution? 

  • Taryn Burns, her daughter Savannah and professional surfer Royden Bryson are on a mission to save the ocean and are calling the community to join them in this quest to become ‘ocean friendly’. Taryn, of Southbroom, who has been actively involved in conservation on land has directed her focus to the ocean. She is the founder of ‘Ocean Friendly South Africa’, which is doing more than its ‘bit’ to make a difference. Last year, Taryn and Savannah were instrumental in drumming up support and physically picking up the plastic pellets known as nurdles which landed on Marina Beach, Trafalgar, Ramsgate and Southbroom beaches. Almost a year after the Durban harbour nurdle spill, the mother and daughter team is still picking up the ghastly minute plastic pellets.
  • Most recently, a group from War On Single Use Plastic (WOSUP) gathered for a meeting in Margate to discuss and implement a strategy plan to drive the concept of refusing singe-use plastic from society. It’s a vision driven by Councillor Dave Watson, and most recently Ray Nkonyeni Municipality Council agreed with the recommendation that they start the process of regulation of Single Use Plastics in the district.
  • Excitedly, there are many ‘compostable’ and biodegradable packaging and products which can replace single-use plastic. Taryn has got a few restaurants and places on board. The Waffle House in Ramsgate is their first official business and restaurant to join their ‘ocean friendly’ culture. Another business which has met the ‘ocean friendly’ criteria is the Baobab Galerie in Ramsgate.

 

All hands can make a difference! Driving the ‘Ocean Friendly’ initiative are (from left) professional surfer Royden Bryson with Savannah Burns and her mother, Taryn of Southbroom.

 

 

Why is recycling your domestic household waste important?

According to Ray Nkonyeni Municipality, recycling is very important, as waste has a huge negative impact on the natural environment. Harmful chemicals and greenhouse gasses are released from waste in landfill sites. Recycling helps to reduce pollution caused by waste.

 

Recycling reduces the need for raw materials so that rainforests can be preserved.


RNM endorses recycling and therefore encourages all community members to recycle and implement waste management strategy, which is REDUCE! REUSE! RECYCLE!

 

 

How do you recycle?

Firstly, place all your recyclable materials into the clear bag. Clean and dry materials, flatten cardboard and plastic bottles. Place non-recyclables in the municipal black bag. Both bags to be put outside for collection.

 

Take note of the two bag system – the black bag will be collected by the municipality and the clear bag will be collected for recycling.

 

The two bag system areas include; Hibberdene, Umzumbe, Pumula, Melville, Sunwich Port, Sea Park, Umtentweni, Southbroom, Trafalgar, Leisure Bay and Marina Beach.

 

Recycling drop off centres are Umtentweni – Commercial Road, Southbroom at Outlook Road, Hibberdene at Marlin Drive, Shelly Beach at Marine Drive, Southport at Ocean Drive, Leisure Bay at Glenmore Road and Masinenge at Deport Three. For enquiries contact 039 688 4283.

 


Rather opt for biodegradable or compostable items like professional surfer Royden Bryson with Savannah Burns and her mother, Taryn of Southbroom are holding. Compostable materials are similar to biodegradable materials, as they are both intended to return to the earth safely.

 

Three general guidelines of recycling to keep in mind:

  1. Recycle all bottles, cans, and paper
  2. Keep items relatively clean
  3. Don’t mix plastic bags in with the rest of your recycled items

 

 

Source: South Coast Herald

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