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According to a recent survey released by the Singapore

Update:14-09-2018
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According to a recent survey released by the Singapore […]

According to a recent survey released by the Singapore Environmental Council, as many as 70% of the public do not know which plastic waste is suitable for recycling, and more than 40% of the public chose to discard it because of the inconvenience of the process. Although this is only one aspect of the subject related to plastics, it is enough to show that our public education is still not in place, and it also reflects the lack of public awareness of environmental protection, and the level of civilization needs to be improved.

At the same time, the use or abuse of plastic products, as well as the various plastic waste problems that come with them, are getting more and more serious. It is estimated that Singapore uses at least 1.76 billion plastic items per year, that is, at least one per person per day, most of which  plastic ism mould are the various plastic bags used in the most common supermarkets.

In terms of weight, the figures released by the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources show that China produced a total of 822,200 tons of plastic waste in the previous year. It was slightly reduced to 815,200 tons last year. The weight is amazing, but so much plastic waste is only 6% to 7% are recycled, and most are incinerated.

The Environmental Council's investigation highlights the multifaceted nature of the issue. In addition to the classification of garbage, four out of every 10 people are suspected of having trouble recycling. Among them, 21% of the public think that it is inconvenient to bring garbage to the recycling bin, and even do not know the location of the recycling bin; 13% think it is inconvenient to pick out the recycled goods from the general garbage; another 8% think The cleaning and drying steps before garbage recycling are cumbersome.

However, about 45% of the public said they want to know more about the different types of plastics and whether the waste is recyclable. This also shows that the promotion of environmental awareness among Chinese people is still not in place, and efforts must be made to popularize recycling knowledge.

Over the years, NGOs have been advocating the focus on plastics use and plastic waste, but the results seem to be small, and the reasons are worthy of further discussion. Perhaps the main key to the problem is that we have not been able to agree on the issue so far. For example, there is no consensus on how to reduce the use of plastic bags. Some people think that they should be limited by the charging method, while others advocate replacing other plastic bags with other so-called more environmentally friendly products such as paper bags. However, the Administration's response is that these practices are not satisfactory.

For example, instead of replacing natural resources with plastic bags, it is not necessarily environmentally friendly. Singapore's hot and humid climate also requires plastic bags to handle garbage such as kitchen waste. In fact, the emergence of plastic bags has helped a lot. Therefore, after careful consideration, it is considered to be the most desirable way to reduce the use and abuse.

The authorities also pointed out that the more difficult problem we faced during the implementation phase was the surge in e-waste. We also don't have a good recycling and recycling mechanism for this new type of waste. In comparison, the disposal of plastic waste is relatively simple, because most of this type of waste is incinerated, and the process of incineration has also adopted a "disinfection" approach to ensure that the gas emitted into the air is harmless. It can be seen that the current focus of the authorities is on electronic waste rather than plastic waste.

But this does not mean that plastic waste is not a problem. The key is how we should introduce more effective measures to meet the various targets of plastic molding, including increasing the recycling rate. In this regard, the Environmental Council has made specific recommendations, such as allowing specialized companies with recycling technologies and capabilities to operate locally; public agencies and NGOs can work with companies that primarily produce packaging waste, such as catering and consumer goods, To reduce the plastic packaging of the product; to use other types of packaging bags or to limit the use of plastic bags to improve the high usage rate of disposable plastic bags. These are all suggestions worth exploring.

But overall, we still need to increase our efforts to carry out propaganda work to raise public awareness of environmental protection. For example, in the area of ​​plastic waste recycling, it is imperative to raise public awareness of plastic waste. After a period of time, the public has a general knowledge of classification, then you can consider rewards and punishments, reward the recycling of garbage, and impose appropriate punishment on those who throw all the garbage into the recycling bin, so that gradually Increase recyclability and recycling rates.