As we are on the verge of experiencing a catastrophe of climate change, due to all the plastic waste we’re throwing everywhere, we are in immediate need of lifestyle change. Last year, authorities from the Australian city of Kwinana installed a new filtration system in the Henley Reserve, in order to help combat this phenomenon. This is a really simple, yet very helpful system, which both the authorities and the citizens appreciate it.
The filtration system consists of cabling, which is placed on the outlet of a drainage pipe and this prevents the waste to go down the water and keeps it away from contamination.
The pipes drain water from living areas to natural ones. The trash and litter from those places can be inaccessible and harmful to the environment. Moreover, this trash is usually washed away by heavy rains which pulls it all down to the drainage systems.
The moment the authorities installed two of these net pipes, they started to see results. Within a few weeks, over 800 pounds (360kg) were caught by this filtration system.
As this resulted to be effective, they spread the installation of these “trash traps” all over the city, in order to minimize the pollution and potential damage to wildlife and residential environment.
Despite being a simple system on the design, it does just the right thing, and for this, it costs approximately 10,000$ each. But compared to the costs it saves (such as payments that were previously made for workers to clean up the waters, and other environmental costs caused by the damage from pollution) from removing so easily the garbage in the waters and is time-saving as well, this investment it’s totally worth it.
After these nets are filled with garbage, they are put in a truck and go to a center where they are divided into recyclable and non-recyclable waste. After this, they go for further processing.
As simple as it is, it does a great job and this is a real proof that small things matter.
Besides this, it is a great example to be based on to do the same in our own communities, as plastic waste is a really big problem in the 21st century.