Rubbish Removal Sheffield Comment on the Full Scale of Plastic in the Ocean

As a company specialising in litter picking and rubbish removal services in Sheffield, Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham, Clearance and Clean Up follow the media closely when it comes to issues regarding the environment, recycling  and littering.

The Guardian newspaper published an interesting and slightly shocking article this month revealing the full scale of the plastic in the world’s oceans for the first time. According to the most comprehensive study to date on plastic pollution around the world, there are over five trillion pieces of plastic floating around in our oceans.

Plastic Particles in the Oceans

plastic-in-the-oceanScientists collected data from the US, France, Chili, Australia and New Zealand, and their results found that there is a minimum of 5.25 tonnes of plastic particles in the oceans, most of them “micro plastics” measuring less than 5mm. The plastic is largely derived from food and drink packaging and clothing, and can have a devastating effect on the lives of animals and their food chains.

While large plastic pieces can strangle larger animals such as seals, smaller bits are eaten by fish and spread up the food chain. That means that these plastics, and all the chemicals that they attract, are actually ending up on our plates, and may be ingested by humans.

Rising Production of Throwaway Plastic

As only 5% of the world’s plastic is currently being recycled, coupled with the rising production of throwaway plastic, researchers are predicting that the volume of plastic in the ocean will continue to rise. Julia Reisser, a researcher based at the University of Western Australia said “Lots of things are used once and then not recycled. We need to improve our use of plastic and also monitor plastics in the oceans so we get a better understanding of the issue.”

Responsible and Sustainable Rubbish Removal Sheffield

Obviously, the staff at Clearance and Clean Up make it their mission to collect rubbish, whether it is from house clearance or rubbish removal Sheffield. We have very strict rules about disposing of waste responsibly and sustainably and we have lots of contacts in local charities and recycling stations too. We also issue a waste transfer note after each collection, which is a legal requirement. In addition, our Waste Electrical Equipment Removal (WEEE) means that any electrical items that we take will be recycled, with 0% going to landfill. Therefore, if you use Clearance and Clean Up for rubbish removal in Sheffield, Doncaster, Rotherham or Barnsley, you can be assured that you are making an environmentally friendly choice.

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