Behind the Scenes - A Plastic Ocean

Single-use plastic disposables pose a serious environmental problem around the world. Firstly, plastics are made from non-renewable fossil fuels, and we use this limited million-year old resource to produce single-use disposables that we use and throw away after a few minutes. That’s a waste of our non-renewable resources!
Next, when plastic disposables are burned, the production of carbon dioxide contributes to climate change while toxic pollutants affects our health. In addition, plastic disposables that end up in landfills take thousands of years to be broken down!
Finally, plastic disposables often end up in the waterways and sea as marine litter, and these non-biodegradable plastics pose harm or cause death to marine lives and birds through ingestion. The plastics can also break down into small fragments or microplastics, and end up in our food chain, ultimately affecting our health!

Plastic disposables in Singapore

The most common type of waste disposed at the incineration plants in Singapore are plastic waste (followed by food waste and paper). We estimate that about 30-70% of plastics waste disposed in Singapore are single-use plastic disposables such as plastic takeaway containers and cups, plastic utensils and cutlery, plastic bags, and plastic bottles.
Over the last 13 years from 2003 to 2016, the amount of plastic waste generated (disposed plus recycled) increased by 42% but the recycling rate remained low between 7-13%. The amount of plastics recycled in Singapore has stagnated for the past 13 years.
During the International Coastal Cleanup Singapore from Aug to Oct 2014, volunteers combed the beaches and mangroves around Singapore, and collected a total of 14,580 kg of marine litter, including 19,034 plastic beverage bottles; 8,862 cups and plates (plastic and foam); 7,129 takeout containers (plastic and foam); and 4,677 plastic grocery bags.
It is time for Singapore to be more serious in reducing our consumption of single-use plastic disposables. You can make a difference by joining our campaign and start to BYO (Bring Your Own) reusable bottles, cups, takeaway containers and bags!
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