Thursday, January 5, 2012
Victoria's Green Matters - 5th January 2011
There has been much criticism of the scheme, made obvious by the letters page in the Mercury, but as people have had time to get used to the new ideas, it seems as if the system has been accepted and is working well.
We still have a long way to go to do as well as the Japanese who recycle as much as 77% of their plastic waste. This rate has been encouraged by the government passing several laws to address the problems of waste disposal in a country that is running out of space for landfill, as is the UK. Japan has been separating out its plastic waste since 1997 and recycling it or burning it to convert it to useful chemicals or to generate energy.
It is thought that there is 265 million tonnes of plastic produced in the world each year and two thirds of this huge amount is used in packaging. As we know, much of this packaging is totally unnecessary and while we can now recycle so much more of our waste, we must still try to avoid over-packaged goods in the first place.