Most countries, including Australia, have recognised the threats posed by marine plastic litter. Estimates show that at current rates of littering there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean by by weight. Plastic packaging is routinely in the top 5 littered items in both the National Litter Index and Clean Up Australia reports. If left uncollected that plastic will break up into microplastics, threaten wildlife that consume it and potentially enter the human food chain. There are alternatives to single use plastic takeaway products. The primary option being to avoid single use items in favour of reusable food ware.
Plastic Pollution Resources
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The Boomerang Alliance www. We are a community-based organisation advocating for waste reduction and resource recovery. Our network includes many of the key environment, conservation and litter clean-up organisations in Australia, with campaign work covering issues such as beverage and plastic bag litter, toxic tyres, electronic waste, plastic packaging, recycling and circular economics. Our network includes 51 national and state environment groups and many community organisations. A key current focus is on litter, particularly plastic pollution. Previously our aim has been the introduction of a container deposit scheme for beverage containers in each state, and the phase-out of single use plastic bags. With the announcement and implementation of these now in almost all Australian states and territories, Boomerang Alliance is addressing other single-use, fossil-fuel based plastics, commonly found in the waste and litter stream.
The impacts of marine plastic pollution:
There are currently no events scheduled in the Boomerange Alliance calendar. Please check back later. Our report calculated for the first time the extent of pollution and presented comprehensive solutions. Describing the devastating impacts of plastic on our sea life and dire predictions of future impacts including concerns about health risks associated with plastic infested seafood, the Report outlines a series of recommendations reflecting our long standing agenda: including the adoption of Container Deposits, banning plastic bags and microbeads, develop innovative alternatives to plastic packaging, reinstating funding for Ghost Nets Australia, a national policy for stormwater management, and active government support for research on marine plastic pollution. But in less than 3 months, plastic pollution has faded from the political agenda. As election day loomed, we saw hundreds of announcements but silence on how to tackle marine plastic pollution.
Boomerang Alliance is targeting the priority solutions that will make deep cuts in the amount of Australian plastic entering our marine environment. The sources of these plastics can be found in the graph below. While most plastic does not end up in the marine environment and most people don't litter - the impact of what is polluting our environment is so severe that we must take strong action for all our benefit. Enforcing and strengthening existing environmental and planning regulations. In fact, these types of activity make up as much as a third of all marine plastic pollution. For example, in Australia we consume around 1.