Our World | Our Waste

Dear World

We have a global waste problem

This is a 911 and it is time to wake up

We need to take a look at what is going on and how on earth has it got to this point.

We have waste everywhere in every area of life and it is not going away.

Our systems are failing us

Our infrastructure is not working

Our Priority has never been to deal with our waste-full ways of living every day.

We cannot continue living in the old era

We need to get on the front foot when it comes to our waste in every area of life.

Our Business world are not all dealing with waste in the way it is needed.

We do not have a clear template of how to take Responsibility when it comes to waste.

We have been creating excess waste for far too long now and things need to change.

Our whole world is suffering because of the knock on effect of what waste is doing.

Our policy makers are not doing a great job as our waste is being highlighted to us.

Our oceans lakes rivers and waterways are being polluted by the dumping of our waste.

We are not all clear about the value of recycling.

Most of us have no idea what happens once the bin guys pick up our waste.

Many of us have stinky unclean waste disposal bins as this is not an area we pay attention to as it’s not our thing.

Many of us see waste as a smelly thing and want it to just go away.

Our efforts to clear up areas where waste has been dumped is not enough as it’s still going on.

We want things because our mind tells us so

In other words, we have a picture in our mind and we want it. We are not interested in what happens to the waste we no longer want.

Fly tipping is big stuff in some places and it continues despite fines and other Solutions to combat the problem.

We have become a culture of waste

TODAY is World Environment Day

What on earth does that mean to us on the street

What is the purpose of this day and is it really working

Here is what the official website is saying –

World Environment Day – 5 June 2019

Theme for 2019 – Air Pollution

A Platform for Action

World Environment Day is the United Nations day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment.

It began in 1974 and the event has now grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 100 countries.

The People’s Day

World Environment Day is the “people’s day” for doing something to take care of the Earth.

That “something” can be local, national or global
It can be a solo action or involve a crowd

The Theme

Each World Environment Day is organised around a theme that draws attention to a particularly pressing environmental concern. (1)

Air Pollution

Air pollution is everywhere even if we cannot see it
In every breath, we are taking in particles that can attack our lungs, heart and brain

World Environment Day 2019 is issuing a call to action to combat this global crisis

We are now faced with an urgent task

90% people worldwide exposed to levels of air pollutants that exceed World Health Organization safe levels. (2)  

7 million worldwide die prematurely each year from air pollution
4 million of these deaths occur in Asia-Pacific

The health effects of air pollution are serious
One third of deaths from stroke | lung cancer | heart disease due to air pollution
This is having an equivalent effect to that of smoking Tobacco1 and much higher than the effects of say, the effects of eating Salt. (3)

Other problems caused by air pollution include illness and lower IQs
It impacts on human health, economic growth and global warming (2)

Air pollution is now big on the world agenda

What is our Personal Responsibility and what are we each contributing to polluting this world of ours.

How are we breathing in life and how is this polluting us

Are we breathing the breath we came into the world with or have we taken on other stuff along the way.

OUR WASTE

Disposing of waste has huge environmental impacts and can cause serious problems.

In the UK much is buried in landfill sites – holes in the ground, old quarries and sometimes specially dug.

Some waste will eventually rot but not all and in the process it may smell or generate methane gas, which is explosive and contributes to the greenhouse effect.

Badly managed landfill sites may attract vermin or cause litter.

Incinerating waste also causes problems because plastics tend to produce toxic substances such as dioxins when they are burnt.

Gases from incineration may cause air pollution and contribute to acid rain while ash from incinerators may contain heavy metals and other toxins.

Due to these problems, there are active campaigns against waste incineration.

Throwing away things wastes resources

It wastes the raw materials and energy used in making the items and it wastes money

Reducing waste means less environmental impact, less resources and energy used and saves money. (4)

We live in the 24/7 want it now culture and the waste that produces is not our problem.

We have become a society that wastes without giving it any thought or consideration.

Our councils cannot cope with the excess waste that is polluting our streets.

We have funding cuts on waste at local levels that impact our communities, towns and cities.

Our poor recycling efforts are costing us millions and millions.

We are not being Honest about where our recycling ends up.

Our Solutions to tackle the waste epidemic are clearly not working.

We are dumping our waste elsewhere in the world but it is clearly no longer doing the job.

Our countries are farming off the waste across the water to poorer countries to deal with as it’s cheaper than taking action here.

Malaysia to Return 3,000 Tonnes of Plastic Waste

Malaysia Environment Minister has announced that 3,000 tonnes of non recyclable waste sent from around the world, would be returned because it was rotting, contaminated, falsely labelled or smuggled in.

The waste was from countries including UK | America | Australia | Canada

60 shipping containers filled with contaminated waste had been smuggled into illegal processing facilities in the country.
Reporters were shown the waste by Environment Minister – Yeo Bee Yin

Waste included

UK  Cables
Bangladesh CDs
Australia     Contaminated milk cartons

Electronic and household waste from

China
Japan
North America
Saudi Arabia

Two-thirds of UK’s plastic recycling is transported to sites across the world, often in the developing countries – Sky News report | 2018

It is often more lucrative to export plastic than process it domestically because land and labour are cheaper abroad.

The reality is that once it leaves our shores, no one really checks whether it is recycled and it could in fact end up in landfill according to the National Audit Office.

In the past, the UK would send much of its plastic to China for processing, where it was used to make items like computers, toys and appliances.

January 2018 – China banned imports of the world’s plastics

There are concerns the system of exporting waste could be inflating the UK’s recycling rates and failing to channel investment into recycling facilities here. (5)

Why Some Countries are Shipping Back Plastic Waste

Often, materials that cannot be recycled end up being burned illegally, dumped in landfills or waterways – creating risks to the environment and public health.

Worries about receiving such waste has forced countries to act

Philippines  – shipped back tonnes of rubbish to Canada and claims it was falsely labelled as plastic recycling in 2013 and 2014.

Malaysia – June 2019 sent back 5 containers of plastic waste to Spain after it was found to be contaminated.

China  – imported most of the world’s plastic waste until January 2018

Due to concerns about contamination and pollution, it declared it would no longer buy recycled plastic scrap that was not 99.5% pure.

The Impact of China’s Ban on Waste

Global plastic waste exports fell – dipping by almost half by the end of 2018, compared with 2016 levels.

There were reports of plastic waste ready for export piling up and some was diverted to other countries.

Malaysia | Vietnam | Thailand | Indonesia | Taiwan | South Korea | Turkey | India | Poland took up the slack.

Malaysia took a major share – the plastic waste imported from 10 countries in the first 6 months of 2018 was equal to the total received in 2016 and 2017.

However, the rubbish arriving in these countries was not sufficiently recyclable and it has caused problems. (6)

100 Tonnes of Plastic Waste to be Returned to Australia

Malaysian government will send back up to 100 tonnes of Australian plastic waste because it was too contaminated to recycle. They have not named the companies responsible for this.

Recycling sent from Australia included plastic bottles “full of maggots”

Many developed countries export a large amount of their recyclables to other countries to process.

China – the largest receiver threw Australian recycling into crisis in 2018 when it introduced new standards that ruled out 99% of what Australia used to export.

Since then, waste management companies have found new markets in other countries – many in south-east Asia.

“Malaysia will not be the dumping ground of the world – we will fight back even though we are a small country. We cannot be bullied by developed countries…Now we know that garbage is traded under the pretext of recycling.”
Yeo Bee Yin – Malaysia Environment Minister (7)

Malaysian authorities have not yet finished inspecting all the waste but they have already identified rubbish to be returned to –

UK | US | Japan | China | Bangladesh | Spain | France | Netherlands | Germany | Singapore | Saudi Arabia

“It is unethical for Australia to send its non-recyclable, residual waste…to be burnt in cement kilns in other countries, effectively escaping Australian regulatory responsibility…

We dump our waste on the environment or on vulnerable communities or export it to developing countries in the Asia-Pacific…Our national waste and recycling policies have for decades been based on export to poor countries while we failed to develop genuine domestic recycling infrastructure.”
Jane Bremmer – Co-ordinator for Zero Waste Oz (7)

1,500 tonnes of waste would be returned to Canada in 69 containers announcement from Philippines President.

Hello

SOMETHING IS NOT RIGHT

How can we dump the stuff we don’t want onto another country somewhere else in the world and think that is ok.

Getting rid of our Trash to another land still pollutes the earth and there is no getting away from that immutable fact.

If we join the dots, we can see that when China stopped taking on our waste, those affected had to wake up and find other countries willing to take on the task.

However, things are being exposed like contaminated waste and labelling that says recyclable when it clearly is not.

In other words – we are no longer just Getting Away with it.

What we are being told is to get more responsible with our waste

Our infrastructure is no longer working or producing the results we hoped as consumer waste is off the scale and the waste from goods and services is at epic proportions.

We cannot just rely on the next Solution as it’s not working

We need Real change and that means we need to get to the root cause of this waste epidemic that is out of control.

Each and every one of us produce waste and it needs to start with us – each and every one of us has an individual responsibility for creating the waste that then has to end up somewhere when we have finished with it.

How wasteful are we in everyday life

How wastefull are we at Christmas and Birthdays

How wastefull are we with the gift wrapping stuff

How wastefull are we with our shopping habits

How wastefull are we with our clothes and shoes

How wastefull are we with our home décor

How wastefull are we when it comes to toys for the kids

How wastefull are we when it comes to take out food

How wastefull are we when it comes to sanitary stuff

How wastefull are we with our toilet rolls and wet wipes

How wastefull are we with our must have dream garden

How wastefull are we with travelling because we can

How wastefull are we with running the car for a short trip

How wastefull are we with eating out because we can

We have become a world that thinks waste will take care of itself but this has led to many many Complications.

Our wastefull ways of living have serious consequences that we are not considering.

We are running out of landfill sites as it is not the answer.

We are nowhere on the front foot when it comes to our waste.

We have created fatbergs in our sewers that are now displayed in a museum. (8)  

We have produced so much waste that getting rid of it will not be an overnight thing.

We are not all united when it comes to waste

We all need to take Responsibility at an individual level if we are to deal with this worldwide waste issue.

WHY do we think it is simply ok to Trash our waste and let others deal with it.

WHY do we pay very little attention to any waste that we produce.

Is there Another Way when it comes to waste.

Is it time to Get Real and get Honest about waste.

Do we need to be asking more Questions about our own personal waste-full ways.

Do we want to get to the Truth of how to deal with our waste.

Do we care enough about our Earth to know that our excess waste can harm our planet.

Do we waste away every single day because we Get Away with it and nothing stops us.

Have we become a Careless world, which has led to this waste problem at a global scale.

Have we become a throwaway society because we want what we want and don’t want the responsibility of knowing what happens to our waste.

How much waste are we creating because we want to be bang up to date with fashion and what is out there.

Have we made waste a Priority in our life

Have we made waste a Focus in our life

Are we looking at the microcosm – our own personal environment and how we are choosing to live every day.

Are we into campaigning about the environment but not looking at the detail of where in life we are polluting mother Earth.

Are we busy Listening to Other People when it comes to dealing with our waste.

Are we living life in the Fast Lane so dealing with waste is not even on the radar.

Are we stocked up with Footwear to last a lifetime and yet we just keep on buying because we can and don’t think about the fact of if it is really needed and the waste it creates.

Are we owners of many Cars with high fuel consumption and the thought of excess pollution has not been something we want to know about.

Are we banging on about carbon footprint but forget that our multiple Holidays each year may be adding to that.

Are we Sitting on the Fence letting the waste crisis under our nose continue, but have no idea how to move and begin to change.

Are we even aware of our Fast Food, Junk Foods that create gases that harm our environment.

Are we busy Overdoing it in life, so thinking about what happens to our waste is not even on our agenda.

Are we ok trashing our Pots and Pans because we can just throw them out and replace them when we want, with no regard to what happens once they end up in the waste system.

Are we comfortable with our More more more lifestyle choices, which mean we can have whatever we want and throw out whatever we don’t want as often as we want to – because we can.

Are we simply wanting the Perfect garden and we don’t want to think about the waste and the cost to remove the waste we no longer want.

Are we aware of our own personal Food Waste and what it all adds up to and where it ends up.

Are we Struggling to function in life and the thought of thinking about our waste is way too much for us right now.

Are we really SMART if we have never given an ounce of attention to what happens to the personal waste we create daily.

Are we so Stressed about all areas of life that we cannot be bothered to even think about our wastefull ways of living everyday.

Are we spending our Day Off dealing with the waste we have created or are we adding more to the waste epidemic out there.

11 Billion Items of Packing Waste Every Year Generated from ‘Lunch on the Go’ Habit

‘Lunch on the go’ habit is growing in Britain generating packaging waste of which much is not recycled.

Workers are buying more takeaway and Fast Food lunches

64% bought lunch more on the go now than 5 years ago
£13.6 billion spent annually on lunch on the go

76%       main item boxed sandwich
70%       packet of crisps
65%       napkin

25%       too busy to make their own lunch
20%       more places now to eat out
19%       eating out is more tempting than it used to be

result of the UK’s Evolving Food Culture

Lunch on the go items create huge levels of waste and much is not recyclable

Packaging made from mixed materials or contamination from food residue are reasons why this type of waste is not recyclable.

By planning lunches in advance and using up items in your fridge, you can massively reduce the amount of packaging you use while saving money by cutting down on food waste.
Trewin Restorick – Chief Executive | Hubbub (9)

Hello

What is it about us that is too busy to take care of our food for the day

WHY are we tempted to eat out now more than before

Are there more places to eat because we the customers are demanding it

There is no supply unless there is a demand so we cannot Blame the rise in eating out places in our towns and cities.

Many of us happily champion and complain about the global waste but do we stop and look at how we as an individual may be contributing.

In other words, do we each need to look at every area of our life to see where we create unnecessary waste that one day will be of no use to us.

Have we asked ourselves what makes us get up and buy our lunch when we know there is food we could quite easily take to work or cook up on our Day Off.

Is there something we enjoy with the no fuss, enormous choice and buzz of buying lunch on a work day.

Are we going with the masses who never bring in lunch or is it not a cool thing to bring our own food as that’s another life and we keep it separate to work life.

Are we simply so exhausted that the thought of making or taking food into work is the last thing on our agenda.

Are we tired of thinking of what to eat so instead we opt for the easy way of just buying our lunch on the go and never think about the waste it causes to the planet.

One small country spending over £13 billion a year for lunch on the go – what is that telling us.

Dear World

What if we start dealing with the global waste problem at the home level.

In other words, we as individuals take Responsibility for the way we live and how much waste we have going on in our daily life.

Could this microcosm be the start of real change for the world – the macrocosm

Could it be that Simple?

 

References

(1) (2019). About World Environment Day. www.worldenvironmentday.global Retrieved June 1, 2019 from https://www.worldenvironmentday.global/about-world-environment-day

(2) (2019). Air Pollution. www.worldenvironmentday.global Retrieved June 1, 2019 from
https://www.worldenvironmentday.global/about/air-pollution

(3) (n.d). How Air Pollution is Destroying Our Health. World Health Organization. Retrieved June 4, 2019 from
https://www.who.int/air-pollution/news-and-events/how-air-pollution-is-destroying-our-health

(4) (n.d). Environmental Impacts. Green Choices. Retrieved June 4, 2019 from
https://www.greenchoices.org/green-living/waste-recycling/environmental-impacts

(5) (2019, May 28). Malaysia to Return 3,000 Tonnes of Plastic Waste to UK and Other Countries. Sky News. Retrieved June 4, 2019 from
https://news.sky.com/story/malaysia-to-return-3-000-tonnes-of-plastic-waste-to-uk-and-other-countries-11729886

(6) (2019, June 2). Why Some Countries Are Shipping Back Plastic Waste. BBC News.  Retrieved June 4, 2019 from
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-48444874

(7) Zhou, N. (2019, May 29). Malaysia to Send Up to 100 Tonnes of Plastic Waste Back to Australia. The Guardian. Retrieved June 1, 2019 from
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/may/29/malaysia-to-send-up-to-100-tonnes-of-plastic-waste-back-to-australia

(8) Brown, M. (2018, August 14). View the Fat: Museum of London Launches Live Stream of Fatberg. The Guardian. Retrieved June 5, 2019 from
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2018/aug/14/view-the-fat-museum-of-london-launches-live-stream-of-fatberg

(9) Smithers, R. (2019, May 14). ‘Lunch on the Go’ Habit Generates £11bn Items of Packaging Waste a Year. The Guardian. Retrieved June 1, 2019 from
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/may/14/lunch-on-go-habit-generates-11bn-items-packaging-waste-year-uk

 

 

 

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  1. uk.news.yahoo – 8th July 2019

    Worst Countries in the World When it Comes to Recycling Waste
    https://uk.news.yahoo.com/these-are-the-worst-countries-in-the-world-when-it-comes-to-recycling-household-waste-140651684.html?guccounter=1

    A report has warned that not enough waste is being recycled.

    More than 2 billion tonnes of solid household waste is being created worldwide each year.

    The waste is enough to fill more than 800,000 Olympic sized swimming pools and would stretch 25,000 miles if laid out end-to-end.

    The report said that only 16% of the total waste – or 323 million tonnes – is recycled each year, while 46% – 950 million tonnes – is disposed of unsustainably.

    The country which produces the most household waste is the US, where citizens are responsible for 773 kg per head per year.

    The US generates 239 million tonnes of municipal solid waste, which equates to 12% of the global figure, even though the country only accounts for 4% of the world’s population.

    The report said that the US produces three times the amount of waste as China and seven times as much as Ethiopia, the lowest risk country on the list.

    The UK was 14th place in the list of the worst countries when it comes to waste, generating 482 kg per person per year.
    Over 2 billion tonnes of waste and only 232 million tonnes being recycled.

    With 950 million tonnes of waste disposed of unsustainably, that leaves over 800,000 tonnes of waste not accounted for – where does that waste go – landfill, perhaps?

    As a race of people, it is very clear we have a long way to go in the reduction of our waste and our recycling of that waste.

    As I used to drive the big lorries that took waste to landfill sites, I have seen first-hand the mess, the quantity of waste and carelessness at which we dispose of anything and everything and seeing these sites become hills of rubbish covered with soil and grass.

    We literally have man made hills that look lush and verdant but underneath is a mountain of decomposing rubbish.

    This may look aesthetically pleasing but what is it doing to Mother earth?

    We cannot carry on like this indefinitely.

    Why are governments not doing more about recycling rates?

    Why are councils not doing more about recycling rates?

    Why are WE not doing more about recycling rates?

    Collectively, we are all in this together.

    Whether we are in governments, in councils or are simply a member of this global planet of ours, WE are the ones creating this rubbish so shouldn’t we be the ones to start to make the changes?

  2. FT.com – 9th July 2019
    Romans Fume and Sweat Surrounded by Mountains of Rubbish
    https://www.ft.com/content/5d650548-a19f-11e9-a282-2df48f366f7d

    The closures of refuse plants for maintenance has caused havoc amid a record heatwave.

    Half the city’s refuse, about 1,000 tonnes of rubbish, will be left on the streets this week, according to AMA, the designated rubbish collector, because two big rubbish plants near Rome have been closed for maintenance.

    The president of AMA, appealed to Romans’ “civic sense” and asked them to “take collective responsibility” to reduce their waste in an “extraordinary” situation.

    With the arrival of the tourist season and the subsequent increase in rubbish, rats and wild boars rooting among the piles of rubbish have become an everyday sight.

    The rubbish crisis has created an angry stand off between city and regional administrators with both blaming each other for the fiasco.

    While Naples is better known for its garbage crises during the 1990’s and 2000’s, Rome has had a rubbish problem since 2013. The city’s refuse has always been in the hands of a small group of private interests, who, according to prosecutors sometimes collude with organised crime.

    Six years ago, a landfill site owned by a garbage-disposal tycoon, and the only big site devoted to the city’s garbage disposal, was closed after EU authorities ruled it unfit to treat waste.

    Since then, Rome has been left without a significant site to dump or treat the 1.7 million tonnes of trash it produces every year.

    Most of the garbage is shipped to other Italians regions or abroad, while the remainder is usually sent to incinerators and plants in the Lazio region, which are reaching capacity.

    Romans pay one of Italy’s highest municipal-waste taxes, but successive mayors from different parties have failed to find a solution to the waste emergency.

    There is something wrong here for a major city like Rome to be in this predicament in the first place?

    Is it possible that, the fact that there has been an issue with the city’s rubbish problem since 2013, shows that those in authority either have no true control over the city or they are just a part of the corruption that resides there?

    There is a lot of money in waste/rubbish so there is no surprise that corruption becomes a part of this.

    The obvious question to be asked is – why are private individuals allowed to run this business?

    Why have the city officials or even the government not intervened to bring this business back into the public domain?

    Is it possible that the only ones who truly suffer here are the taxpayers, the residents, the people that have to live in this mountain of rubbish?

    Our World takes a lot of abuse from us, from our so-called civilised and intelligent race of beings.

    There is certainly nothing civilised or intelligent about this situation.

  3. This website currently does not have a blog titled Recycling so this comment is best served on this blog about waste.

    Supermarket shopping this week, I made a note to get the refill stuff they are advertising with big red sticky labels on the spray bottles purchased before.

    What was interesting was the cost was way high for the refill and so it was much cheaper to buy individual sprays as it made no sense.

    Is it that we have good intentions but we are nowhere on the front foot when it comes to saving waste as a world?

    Are the manufacturers wasting resources when their strategies are not aligned to their own business – example here of – offering the customer large volume size of refill in a pack and then right next to it offering special offer of the same product but much cheaper and using up more plastic.

    We have lost the plot and it’s high time we all started to admit that as things are not working and it is up to us all to say SOMETHING IS NOT RIGHT.

    Some on the other hand would be unaware and be shopping on auto-pilot, like I used to many years ago and would think “Ah, refill – that makes sense” and put it in the trolley and think no more about it, other than helping the planet.

    Today, being the savvy cookie that I am, I do look at prices and the cost per litre or whatever the ratio it is so I am not being fooled by prices and sizes. This way of clocking things has been something both myself and my partner have been doing for well over a decade and it makes perfect sense.

  4. South China Morning Post – 14th October 2019

    China Counts the Environmental Cost of its Construction Boom

    https://www.scmp.com/news/china/politics/article/3032732/rubble-trouble-china-counts-environmental-cost-its-construction

    According to a report by a magazine that has links to state media, China’s rapid urbanisation has created a mountain of construction waste.

    Although 1.5 billion tonnes of construction waste is created every year, only 100 million tonnes are properly processed through disposal or recycling and even household rubbish gets more attention from local governments.

    In comparison, developed nations like the US and Japan recycle between 90 and 95 per cent of their construction waste.

    In major urban cities like Beijing and Shanghai, construction activity produces up to 30 million tonnes of waste a year, while across the country the sector accounts for about 40 per cent of all urban waste.

    At the same time, more than 7,000 hectares of arable land are being damaged every year as a result of construction activity.

    The reason for this expansion in construction is to help drive economic growth.

    Although the country has 70 disposal facilities capable of handling upwards of 1 million tonnes of construction waste a year, most of them are working at only about 50 per cent capacity.

    The problem, especially in major cities is only set to get worse.

    An official at China’s Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural development said: “There is no unified plan for managing the long-term process of recycling construction waste.”

    If the country’s 70 disposal plants were operating at full capacity it would only be able to dispose of 70 million tonnes of construction waste – that leaves 1.43 billion tonnes of construction waste clogging up the land, creating an eyesore and damaging Mother Earth.

    China is the third largest county in the world, by area (3,747,877 square miles), but is the most populated country in the world (1.42 billion). In comparison, the UK has 93,784 square miles and a population of over 67 million.

    Is it possible that with these figures, the construction waste is only going to increase in size every year?

    Is it possible that there is a lack of responsibility here, in creating all of this waste when it is well known that the facilities for the disposal of this waste is not good enough?

    How do we dispose of this excess waste –

    Do we build more recycling centres?
    Do we send the waste overseas and burden other countries?
    Do we just leave it piled up to become a health hazard?
    Do we bury it in landfill?
    Do we dump it in the oceans?

    Whatever solution we find, our planet is still the one that will suffer the most.

    Our planet will be the one that is contaminated and this will need to be dealt with at some point.

    Is it possible that the intention to drive up economic growth will cost the country even more money, because we have to find other ‘solutions’ to rid ourselves of this waste?

  5. Reuters World News – 31 October 2019

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-indonesia-environment-plastic/indonesia-threatens-to-report-countries-for-refusing-to-take-back-waste-idUSKBN1XA15K

    Indonesia’s environment ministry said it would report countries to the Basel Convention – an International treaty on waste reduction, if they refused to accept waste shipments sent back to them by its authorities.

    A report has confirmed that waste sent back from Indonesia has ended up mostly in other Asian emerging economies.

    How have we got to this point where there is illegal traffic of waste?
    How are we going to criminally charge countries where containers are redirected elsewhere?

    After China banned imports of waste from western countries last year, Southeast Asian countries are taking on the job but they are simply not equipped to do so.

    Indonesia struggles to deal with its own waste which often goes into landfills or is dumped in rivers. It is the 2nd biggest contributor of plastic pollutants in the ocean after China according to a study in the journal Science in 2015.

    So we have a 911 when it comes to Our World and Our Waste.
    This story confirms a microcosm of what is going on and we have no solution.

    What we know is that this earth has limited resources but our throwaway culture and want it now society living means waste is going to be climbing up the agenda to address.

    We are no where near having a real infrastructure for our waste and this goes across all countries.

    ADD to that the irresponsible way the masses are living today and we should not be surprised that we have so much waste that we want it shipped out elsewhere – no on our land, thank you.

    How is that going to really work?

    We want to continue living as we do – read this blog again for more insight – but we do not want to even think about where our waste goes, where it ends up and what then?

    How do we feel when we bang on about climate change and rally and campaign for saving the earth’s resources yet we seem to be ok with so many areas of our lives where we are super waste-full?

    What if we made some serious lifestyle choices and start with a STOP in the excess department?

    One example –
    Over buying and over consuming what we really do not need to eat and all those takeaway containers that pile up and the rest…

    What if we start by just doing our bit with our common sense hat on?

    Could that have a ripple effect or are we one of those who will keep going until we are made to stop in some way or another?

    Our 911 waste issue is now in our face, yet very few of us seem concerned or even bothered about it.

    What does that really tell us about the intelligence of our species?

    Are we really intelligent if we are causing harm to the planet we enhouse?

  6. The Telegraph – 7th November 2019

    Fly Tipping Hits 10-year High.

    Fly tipping has reached a 10-year high in England as campaigners warn the problem may have been fuelled by confusion over complex waste disposal rules.

    According to the department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), councils have reported a staggering 1,072,000 incidents of illegal dumping in 2018/19, reaching the highest level since 2008/09.

    Nearly two thirds of cases involved household rubbish and mostly feature waste abandoned on roads and pavements, prompting suggestions the offending was linked to the bin policy of councils.

    One environment charity said the public were increasingly struggling to understand the correct bins to use for different types of rubbish and some may have resorted to fly tipping. An analysis revealed that we face an array of 58 recycling symbols when it comes to disposing of our shopping products.

    The Local Government Association (LGA), claimed that recycling was too complicated with “unclear” labels, seeing too much reusable waste going to landfills.

    The charity’s chief executive said” “Our fly tipping research in London suggests that many people are struggling to manage their waste correctly and are overwhelmed in particular by the amount of cardboard and plastic packaging coming into their homes and this may contribute to the problem, as people put out extra bags of waste, alongside their bins, not realising that this is, in reality, fly tipping. She added that fly tipping had reached “epidemic levels” and a national programme was needed to educate the public on the “dangers and costs” of the problem.

    The DEFRA figures showed more than 600,000 of the fly tipping cases in the past year involved household rubbish, ranging from black bags to house and shed clearances.

    Rubbish illegally dumped included tens of thousands of incidents of demolition and construction waste, white goods such as fridges, garden waste and electrical items.

    Fly tipping is defined as the illegal deposit of any waste onto land that does not have a licence to accept it.

    When we think of fly tipping, we normally think about the van or truck loads of waste that is just dumped in a field or lane, but it is clear from this report that the figure of over 1 million incidents of fly tipping is not what we would typically think it to be.

    The majority of these incidents appear to be local residents putting out more waste than they are supposed to and also the bin policy of councils not being adequate.

    Having said that, it has been well known and well advertised that we are not allowed to have more waste or recycling in the bins than they can take and indeed, I have heard that some councils insist that the lid of the waste bins must be closed.

    Yes, maybe the councils could and should make their policies clearer but is it possible that we can’t keep blaming the systems when things go wrong?

    If there is any doubt, the information we need is found easily enough via websites or a quick phone call.

    At what point do we start to take responsibility?

    Whatever form it comes in, whether by accident or design, fly tipping is ugly, unsightly and has potential health concerns.

    We are the ones responsible for creating all of this extra waste, so is it possible that we should take the necessary steps to dispose of the extra waste ourselves, rather than just leave it on the streets and rely on others to clear up our mess?

  7. The Daily Telegraph – 4th January 2020

    Rise in Fly-Tipping After Criminals Fined as Little as £50.

    An investigation by the Local Government Association (LGA) has found that fines as little as £50 for fly-tipping are failing to deter criminals from dumping waste.

    Only 5 per cent of court imposed fines for fly-tipping in the past six years were above £1,000, despite courts being able to impose penalties of up to £50,000 and a five year prison sentence.

    At the same time, fly-tipping incidents soared 50 per cent, up from 715,000 in 2012-13 to more than 1,072,000, a 10-year high.

    More than 600 of the fines – 5.5 per cent of the total – were below £50 over the same period, despite fly-tipping costing councils £58 million to clear up.

    Only two fly-tippers have been given the maximum £50,000 fine by the courts since 2014.

    The LGA’s environment spokesman said: “ Fly-tipping is not only an illegal, inexcusable and ugly blight on society, it is a serious public health risk. However, prosecuting fly-tippers often requires time consuming and laborious investigations, with a high threshold of proof. Tougher sentences are needed to act as a stronger deterrent to criminals dumping waste.”

    In one case, a delivery driver who fly-tipped household waste in four separate trips was fined £300 at court following a prosecution. In another, a man who dumped carpet waste was fined £350.

    Both are below the maximum fixed penalty notice of £400 that a council can issue, without having to take a fly-tipper to court.

    The figures show more than eight in ten of the 11,148 fines issued over the past six years were below £500.

    As the LGA spokesman said, fly-tipping is unsightly and costs us a lot of money to clear up. If the waste is dumped on private grounds, it then becomes the responsibility of the land-owner and all the costs associated with it.

    Waste is a huge industry and if someone can get rid of a load illegally for nothing, a load that could cost thousands to dispose of correctly, why would they even bother to go down the responsible route?

    £50 is certainly no deterrent and, is it possible that fines like this may only encourage more fly-tipping?

    It seems strange that the courts are not utilising the maximum levy or even jail time on fly-tippers.

    As in most cases for us humans, money talks the loudest and jail time may even talk louder.

    It is clear that the system we have at present is not working and fly-tipping is becoming the easy way out for those of us lacking in integrity.

    The LGA want the government to review their sentencing guidelines for fly-tipping so offenders are given bigger fines.

    Is it possible that, it makes no sense to get the government doing reviews on this issue if the courts and the councils are not even issuing the penalties they can give out at this present time?

    Fly-tipping incidents have increased by 50 per cent in 10 years.

    The fines given out at present are not much of a deterrent but if the councils are going to spend all of that time, money and resources in taking them to court, surely the fly-tippers need to be given a substantial penalty.

    The fly-tippers obviously have no regard for anyone else, so isn’t it time for the courts and the councils to start enforcing the fines that will send a message that this behaviour is unacceptable?

  8. Energy and Environment News – 21 January 2020

    https://www.eenews.net/stories/1062036073

    This news story is telling us that there is a lot of waste coming from vaping.

    We have the pods and caps everywhere as youth vaping has skyrocketed in recent years.
    In 2018, 20% of U.S. high schoolers used e-cigarettes according to the National Institute of Health study.

    The rise in vaping has given way to a new set of environmental issues: plastic “cigarette butt” litter that does not degrade and other e-cigarette parts that are considered hazardous waste pose complicated clean up quandaries.

    This study took place in the California Bay Area of 12 public high schools and the team collected e-cigarette waste from parking lots.

    Devices of a well known popular brand among teenagers, electronic rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, disposable plastic pods resembling USB drives that contain nicotine, flavourings and “e-liquids” like propylene glycol.

    Nicotine has been used as an insecticide. It is a neurotoxin so it is used in rat poison.
    The study states that there is a significant potential for the nicotine residue to end up in the environment and harm wildlife and aquatic creatures.

    Ingesting nicotine can also kill humans, which is one reason why the Federal Register lists nicotine on the hazardous waste pharmaceuticals.

    The study’s author says that manufacturers have not given consumers clear enough directions on how to dispose of the e-cigarette devices, batteries and pods.

    In California, there is an e-cigarette waste debate playing out in the state legislature, batteries are also considered hazardous waste.

    Cigarette filters, which are made of non-biodegradable plastic called cellulose acetate are a ubiquitous source of ocean trash.

    Every year, cigarette butts top the list of the most commonly found marine litter in the global cleanup held by Ocean Conservancy.

    Enough said on this topic relating to waste.

    Could it be possible that we make the demand and suppliers are right there, bang on delivering to us what we want?

    In this case e-cigarette devices that look cool and appeal and enchant the young user still at high school.

    Could it be possible the suppliers are busy trying to profit from our demands and it is not really their intention to get resources invested into the waste aspect of the product as that requires time and money and this means less profit?

    Could it be possible that by the time we, the public question the waste and impact it can have on the environment, billions have already been made in profit and so the suppliers will listen to policy makers and work with them to do what they can to reduce waste, but in truth their main job is to keep supplying and making money as that is why they are in business in the first place?

    Do we really care about wildlife or the oceans enough to say No to vaping or any other product that harms our earth?

    Do we have selective and convenient truths that we champion and stand by, but deep down we know all we are doing is what suits us in our lifestyle choices?

    Our World and the Waste we have created comes from how we are living and that means how we are behaving. Our behaviours lead to waste or less waste.

    What if we started educating from day dot about Responsibility with all waste?

    How would our world look and feel and how content would marine life and all other plants and animals be if we stopped imposing our stuff onto them?

    Each of us has to have understanding about the consequences of every choice we make and that includes the waste we create because of what we want in life.

    Imagine if this wisdom was introduced into the school curriculum.

    ADD to that the numerous blogs on this website and in particular Tobacco where the second part in the series presents on vaping devices.

    https://simplelivingglobal.com/the-real-truth-about-tobacco-part-2/

  9. Just observing one city in one state of the USA and I wake up and realise how far far off we are when it comes to our world and our waste.

    12 lanes of traffic in the morning going towards downtown San Francisco via Bay Bridge all stuck and moving slow. Then you see it again later in the day as the workers head home.

    What is worth noting is there are no passengers.

    The other thing that I have heard over and over again from any resident who drives a car here is the constant moan about driving in traffic.

    I am going to the airport and my friends want me to go super early and hang out at airport for 4 to 5 hours, as that way they will not have to be in traffic when they go back home.

    What a total waste of resources and the impact on our environment as most vehicles here are gas guzzlers as they say – big engines which require high consumption of gas/fuel.

    Next – hotel waste.

    Has anyone done a research study on this as its worth noting?

    One room has huge jumbo beds for one person and 3 king size towels and 6 small towels.

    I was watching the cleaners and their cart is so big you cannot see them wheeling it as it’s that big.

    FULL of rubbish and whilst we all may think we are into recycling or doing our bit, there is so so much not going to recycle as it ends up in general waste.

    The US is known for doing things big and that includes their big waste.

    Re-using and not wasting where we can, seems to be not the norm for us now.

    Next – hotel restaurant.

    In the morning it is jam packed and full of business people off to work.

    It’s the coffee cups that we need to clock as we are going through millions each day and most of us have no idea where they all end up.

    Waste in hospitality is at epic proportions and many of us know this, but it’s easier to keep dumping our rubbish than saying there must be another way to live.

    What is it going to take for us to turn the tides?

    Charging for paper bags and plastic bags has made no real difference to our consumption, which then leads to waste.

    Our World is in need of a radical shift when it comes to Waste, but how many of us are really and truly ready to address this in our own homes first?

  10. Daily Mail – 15th February 2020

    A new law could force tech giants to use the same charging leads for phones and other devices.

    The European Parliament wants all handsets sold in the EU to use a standardised connector to reduce waste and make life simpler for consumers.

    Three different connectors are currently in widespread use.

    Each new device comes with a lead and many people have multiple types that they no longer need.

    The Euro Parliament, which is to hold a new vote on the issue, says old and obsolete chargers generate 51,000 metric tons of waste each year. One MEP said: “We are drowning in an ocean of electronic waste. We cannot continue.”

    Any new law may not officially apply to the UK after Brexit but manufacturers would be likely to create standardised products.

    One well-known phone manufacturer has voiced strong opposition to the proposal, saying it would ‘freeze innovation’.

    I know personally that I have several leads at home for different gadgets, simply because each gadget comes with a different size charging point.

    How much easier would it be to have just one sized charging point for all of our technological devices?

    Considering the general zeitgeist of the environmental climate, surely the waste itself created by these superfluous leads should be enough for manufacturing companies to find a way to create a standardised lead?

    Tech giants who produce these amazing phones complain that it will ‘freeze innovation’

    What is needed is for them to devise a charging point that is universal.

    Is it possible that this would be the innovation that is needed right now?

    Is it possible that any complaints of ‘freezing innovation’ are because a source of revenue will be lost if the charging points are standardised?

    We have enough waste in our world – surely it is incumbent on all of us, including manufacturers, to minimise our waste?

  11. A national newspaper is on a campaign and anyone can join “The War on Litter”.

    400,000 people have signed up to clean up Britain.

    1 in 4 litter pickers are children.

    This is great news and much needed and most of us would champion that.

    However, there is an important question – Has this been done before?

    Yes it has and there was much success and the pictures all over the press confirmed what a grand job we did of the countryside, rivers and canals where there was rubbish dumped and litter thrown and just left to rot.

    Something very simple that would work and support the country would be to NOT be careless with our waste, rubbish, litter or whatever we want to call it.

    WHY do we need a national press campaign to get us moving and working together.

    WHY are communities not initiating projects like this and then sticking to it and policing their streets and neighbourhoods when it comes to dumping waste and throwing litter around?

    Good old fashion common sense and decency seems to have disappeared as we come into the modern era where we have this attitude that its ok to leave waste when and where we feel to – not our business.

    Next – we may want to look at government policies when it comes to waste as we are way off the mark and no where near a nation that is on the front foot.

    The fact we need a newspaper to run a campaign to clear up the litter speaks volumes.

    We make the mess, leave the rubbish and then some of us volunteer to clear it up, only to find it is back again and so we just go around and around, like a revolving door ending up in the same place.

    There is no change and no evolution for us if we just find a solution, fix it and then go back and fix it year after year. We need to bring an end to this excess litter.

    Have we thought about it as Abuse, because in truth this is what it is?

    We abuse the space around us because we can.
    We are not interested in what that space means or what it actually brings.
    We just know its a bit of space or a vast space and we can do what we want as no one is going to stop us.

    WHY not teach children about respect and decency from day dot towards themselves, others and their environment?

    Could we then one day have generations of adults who know what it means to not ever trash the streets or any space that mother earth has provided?

    How far have we as a race of beings deviated from the point where we no longer see the space around us as something worth valuing and appreciating?

  12. BBC News – 17th March 2020

    Uncovering the Oil Industry’s Dirty Secret
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/extra/ao726ind7u/shipbreaking

    Every year hundreds of ships and oil rigs are sold to shipbreaking yards in south Asia where they are cut apart by low-paid immigrants.

    The BBC followed a trail from the north coast of Scotland to the beaches of India to reveal how wealthy companies profit from an industry that destroys lives and damages the environment.

    Alang, a coastal town in the Indian state of Gujarat, is a graveyard for ships. Its coastline was once filled with fishing boats – but today the rusting hulks of oil tankers and ocean liners stretch for miles along the shores of this town.

    The premium prices paid for steel make it a lucrative place to dismantle ships. Its shipbreaking yards are the busiest in the world and oil companies are among their biggest customers. About a third of all vessels that are sold for scrap will end their days there.

    But it comes at a cost to the men that work there in the searing heat and pollution of the yards. One worker told BBC News: “We don’t have human rights. Sometimes we feel like we are animals. We’re treated like insects by these people.”

    Workers in the yard dismantle ships by hand with blowtorches and sledgehammers so the valuable metals they contain can be salvaged. Little goes to waste. Steel and wood are recycled at workshops which surround the shipyards and everything else finds its way to open-air markets in the town where you can buy boxes of light bulbs from oil tankers or cutlery from cruise ships.

    Like most of the workforce, they are migrants from Uttar Pradesh, one of the poorest parts of India. They live on the outskirts of the yards in shanties without running water, toilets or electricity. A worker said: “We buy scrap wood which comes out of ships we build these places ourselves. The company doesn’t take responsibility for the labourers at all. All they care about is the work”

    According to the founder and director of Shipbreaking Platform – an organisation which monitors the industry – shipbreaking is dangerous and dirty work and the men are in constant danger. She said: “They risk gas explosions, falling from heights, being crushed by massive steel plates that fall down – those are the main causes of the fatal accidents.”

    According to Shipbreaking Platform, workers often lack basic safety gear and at least 137 lost their lives between 2009 and 2019.

    The organisation believes that number is only the tip of the iceberg because shipyard owners refuse to discuss accidents.

    According to a survey last year by the Tata Institute in Mumbai, more than half of shipyard workers say they have been injured on the job. Workers are also at risk from hazardous waste like asbestos and mercury contained in many of the vessels sold to the scrapyards. The founder of Shipbreaking Platform said: “Many more workers succumb to occupational disease and cancers years after they have worked at the yards because they are exposed on a daily basis to toxic fumes and materials at the yard.”

    Wealthy companies can make millions selling ships for demolition, but workers are only paid about 35p an hour.

    Despite the conditions in the shipyards, workers are too afraid to speak out because they will be fired which will leave their families in difficult situations.

    The industry has also taken a toll on the environment in Alang. The way ships are dismantled make it almost impossible to contain pollution. As there are no docks or harbours, the ships are beached and sit in the open water as they are cut apart, allowing waste to wash in and out with the tide.

    Scientific studies have identified unsafe levels of poisonous heavy metals in the waters around the town, including iron, mercury, copper, zinc and lead.

    Fishing was once the most important business in Alang, but the nets have grown empty since shipbreaking took over in the 1980’s. a community leader from a nearby town says their catch of fish has gone down by 75% as there aren’t many fish in the sea. The fish that are left may not even be safe to eat as one study in 2010 found they contained dangerously high concentrations of poisonous metals.

    Is it possible that the attitude shown by these companies is totally unacceptable?

    These companies are abusing these people and the environment simply because they know they can.

    They know they can because of the poverty levels and desperation of the local people.

    Is it possible that they have no respect for the harm and suffering that is being caused to both human life and the environment and their only motives are to make as much money as possible?

    To pay a worker about 35p an hour whilst the company is making millions of £’s shows the contempt that they have for equality and fairness.

    To treat the environment in this way shows the contempt they have for the Earth and those who live nearby.

    Is it possible that there is something wrong with human life if we are able to – and are willing to – treat another human being in this way?

    Is it possible that there is something wrong with human life if we are able to – and are willing to – be completely disregardful of the pollution that Mother Earth has to endure?

    Businesses are going to produce waste, that is acceptable, but to take no responsibility in disposing of that waste is not acceptable.

    Mother Earth is having waste dumped on her in huge quantities.

    Is it any wonder Mother Earth has to clear all of this waste by means of what we call catastrophic events?

  13. Rolling Stone – 3rd March 2020

    How Big Oil and Big Soda Kept a Global Environmental Calamity a Secret for Decades
    https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-features/plastic-problem-recycling-myth-big-oil-950957/

    According to an academic study sponsored by the World Wildlife Fund for Nature, every human on Earth is ingesting nearly 2,000 particles of plastic a week.

    These tiny pieces enter our unwitting bodies from tap water, food and even the air, dosing us with five grams of plastics, many cut with chemicals linked to cancers, hormone disruption and developmental delays.

    A US senator, who has been speaking out about this at events, says: “We are consuming a credit card’s worth of plastic each week.”

    With new legislation, the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act of 2020, the Senator is attempting to marshal Washington into a confrontation with the plastics industry, and to force companies that profit from plastics to take accountability for the waste they create. The bill would ban many single-use plastics and force corporations to finance “end of life” programs to keep plastic out of the environment. The senator said: “We are going back to that principle. The polluter pays.”

    The Senator and his allies in Congress will be up against some of the most powerful corporate interests on the planet, including the oil majors and chemical giants that produce the building blocks for our modern plastic world. Big Plastic isn’t a single entity. It’s more like a corporate supergroup: Big Oil meets Big Soda with Big Tobacco now entering the mix – responsible for trillions of plastic cigarette butts in the environment every year. And it combines the lobbying and public-relations might of all three.

    Humans are now using a million plastic bottles a minute, and 500 billion plastic bags a year – including those we use to bag up our plastic-laden trash.

    But the world’s plastic waste is not so easily contained. Massive quantities of this forever material are spilling into the oceans – the equivalent of a dump-truck load every minute. Plastic is also fouling our mountains, our farmland, and spiralling into an unmitigatable environmental disaster. A marine biologist who leads the Oceans Campaign for Greenpeace said: “This is a much bigger problem than ‘just an ocean issue, or even a pollution issue. We’ve found plastic everywhere we’ve ever looked. It’s in the Arctic and the Antarctic and in the middle of the Pacific. It’s in the Pyrenees and in the Rockies. It’s settling out of the air. It’s raining down on us.”

    More than half the plastic now on Earth has been created since 2002, and plastic pollution is on pace to double by 2030.

    According to a landmark 2017 study published in the journal Science Advances, since 1950, the world has created 6.3 trillion kilograms of plastic waste – and 91 per cent has never been recycled even once. Unlike aluminium, which can be recycled again and again, plastic degrades in reprocessing, and is almost never recycled more than once.

    Modern technology has hardly improved things. Of the 78 billion kilograms of plastic packaging materials produced in 2013, only 14 per cent were even collected for recycling and just two per cent were effectively recycled to compete with virgin plastic. The Science authors write, “Recycling delays, rather than avoids, final disposal. And most plastics persist for centuries.”

    The Basel Action Network (BAN) is devoted to enforcement of the Basel Convention – an international treaty that blocks the developed world from dumping hazardous wastes on the developing world. The executive director of BAN said: “Plastics are just a way of making things out of fossil fuels. They really sold people on the idea that plastics can be recycled because there’s a fraction of them that are. It’s fraudulent. When you drill down into plastics recycling, you realise it’s a myth.”

    The worst of our global plastics crisis is borne by the oceans. Roughly 8 billion kilograms of plastics enter the world’s waters every year. An engineering professor at the University of Georgia says: “The volume entering oceans can be hard to comprehend. It’s equal to five grocery-size bags full of plastic for every foot of coastline in the world. If you imagine us all standing, hand-to-hand, covering the coastline of the entire world, this is what’s in front of each one of us.”

    It would be fair to say that the introduction of plastics has been, to use a well know phrase, a double edged sword.

    Practically everything we use on a daily basis has some form of plastic in it and on one hand the plasticisation of our lives has made many things more accessible and cheaper for us, but the cost of this in terms of our health and the environment seems to far outweigh any benefits.

    Therein lies the problem. We are now so dependent on plastics and the comforts that this material brings, that to force any changes in legislation regarding the manufacturing process would come up against a lot of resistance.

    As always, it is much easier to blame the manufacturers, the governments, the conglomerates and the supermarkets, than it is to look at our own responsibilities in this matter.

    But, we are the ones that keep asking for our lives to be made easier.

    Is it possible that changes can only be made when we are willing to change ourselves?

  14. ITV.com – 14 April 2020

    Coronavirus Lockdown Sees Huge Rise in Fly-Tipping Across UK
    https://www.itv.com/news/2020-04-14/coronavirus-lockdown-sees-huge-rise-in-fly-tipping-across-uk/

    There has been a huge spike in fly-tipping in some parts of the UK during the Coronavirus lockdown.

    The Countryside Alliance reports a 300% rise in fly-tipping in some areas after local authorities closed recycling centres amid the Covid-19 crisis.

    Many councils have shut waste recycling centres during the Coronavirus crisis to concentrate on kerbside collections.

    The rural communities campaign group blame people using the lockdown to have a “clear-out of homes and gardens” and dumping the resulting rubbish illegally.

    The increase in fly-tipping is putting added pressure on local authorities already struggling to cope with maintaining services while ensuring the safety of their staff.

    While local authorities struggle to maintain basic services, the fight against fly-tipping has been largely left to campaigners and members of the public.

    People have been sharing pictures of piles of rubbish left on verges and in fields on social media as environmental campaign groups urge the public to dispose of their waste responsibly during the Covid-19 lockdown.

    An app that allows the public to report fly-tipping, shows nearly 4,000 examples of fly-tipping in England alone.

    A huge pile of rubbish was found dumped in Leicestershire in front of a sign that warned fly-tipping offenders they faced a prison sentence or fine. The debris included a bath, mattresses, bed frames, broken mirrors, toys and general household waste.

    It would be very easy here to blame the councils for shutting the recycling centres and saying ‘what did you expect’ but like all industries, Covid -19 is taking its toll on staff numbers and the councils are only prioritising the necessary work.

    Without any doubt whatsoever, WE are the ones who need to take RESPONSIBILITY.

    We do not go out with a van load of rubbish and it ‘somehow falls out the back’.

    This is human nature taking advantage of a situation that is beyond anyone’s control.

    This is a deliberate pre-meditated act and one that WE need to take Responsibility for.

    The local councillor of the Leicestershire incident described it as “disgusting” and I agree with him.

    These actions are disgusting and totally unacceptable and it simply shows that, for some, even with or without the incidence of a global pandemic, self-interest is all that matters.

  15. Once upon a time – a few decades ago, I recall being overwhelmed by the state of our world waste and what I was reading. Landfill became a big issue for me and I knew there was no way campaigning or banging on about our waste would do any good.

    What I know today from my way of Living is that each of us as individuals – the microcosm have an affect on the whole – the macrocosm. So how I operate in my life does have an impact regardless of how small my contribution is.

    We have become a throwaway society and our resources are not being seen as valuable or precious in any way.

    WHY on earth would someone sit and spend time cleaning something and making it last longer when it can be replaced by the click on the screen and delivered the next day?

    This is what modern day living gives us, if we choose to align to that way OR we could consider another way.

    On that note, I made the choice to deal with our cutlery rack today. It is quite old and living in a hard water area the build up of limescale is fast and thick.

    I recalled a friend sharing about soaking it in a vinegar solution which we can get from the supermarket – so I did it by pouring the whole bottle concentrated in a small bowl and bingo some hours later the hard crust of limescale just came off.

    I used a brillo pad to shine up the stainless steel bit and the hard plastic with a scourer and washing up liquid.

    Whilst doing this simple task I realised that this can be repeated in future and chances are it will continue to serve us and not need to end up in landfill.

    Not being concerned at all about having things matching, colour co ordinated or fancy in my kitchen, this will work as it is practical and does a job. In my world that means it has a purpose and so it continues to be part of our home.

    The joy I felt inside me was that there was no ‘overwhelming’ feeling at all because I know that the choices I make everyday and the way I live is not adding to the harm on this planet.

    Of course I am not perfect, just human, so this is not saying I got it all nailed but it has taken away any need to try and fix this world when I know something is not right.

    My contribution however small is like a small ripple in the water and it does make a difference. Banging on about the state of our world and the waste we create will get me no where. Dealing with the limescale on my cutlery rack and restoring it back to life makes a difference and I just know that.

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