Updated: Apr 12
It's no secret that plastic pollution is a major problem for our oceans. According to a study by the United Nations, a staggering 8 million tonnes of plastic end up in the world's oceans every year - that's over 615,000 full garbage trucks worth of plastic. And what's even more concerning is that we're not taking it out quicker than we're adding to it.
While plastic pollution can come from many sources, one that is often overlooked is the humble tipped over bin. In suburban areas, rubbish that ends up on the street can easily make its way into stormwater drains, which can lead directly to the ocean. This means that a tipped over bin during a storm can cause a large amount of waste to end up in our oceans.
So what can we do about it? One simple solution is to make sure your bin is secured, especially in areas where the streets are steep, during heavy rain or strong winds. Keeping your bin locked can help prevent it from being knocked over, and in turn, help reduce the amount of waste that ends up in our oceans.
It's important to remember that we all have a responsibility to protect our environment, and every small action we take can make a big difference. So let's start by keeping our bins locked and doing our part to keep our streets and oceans clean.