Marine Plastic Pollution

Marine Plastic Pollution: Challenges and Solutions

Pollution affects everything from our air quality to our oceans, and the effects are long-lasting. Improper waste disposal destroys entire ecosystems and eventually comes back around to cause illness in humans. If we change our attitudes and our practices as well as work with waste management professionals, we can make a difference.

The Problem

You may have heard that plastic is an extremely recyclable material. This is great news for the plastic that’s recycled, but it’s bad news for plastic that ends up in landfills or even worse: The ocean. Plastic doesn’t break down easily let alone naturally, and more and more of it is being found in our waters. This improper waste management affects us in countless ways. It impacts the environment around us, natural ecosystems, and in turn, the food we eat. Irresponsible waste management is the reason fish and marine birds are getting caught up in debris in the water, but there are steps we can take.

Potential Solutions

A lot of the plastic pollution that ends up in our water comes from urban runoff, or in other words, litter that got swept away into the water. This happens become of overflowing garbage cans, a low number of public recycling facilities, and lack of motivation. By showing people the results of careless waste management, we can encourage people to be more careful with the way they dispose of their recyclable products. Every plastic product that ends up in a recycling bin will be turned into a new product, which will further assist more sustainable practices.

Who Can Help

It’s not easy to change the momentum and get people on board with recycling, but with the right partnerships, you can make a difference. Start by being more responsible with your own plastic, and then talk to your local waste management professionals to see how you can work together to reduce marine plastic pollution.

Work together with Jim Bracken, owner of Brackenbox, to help reduce marine plastic pollution with responsible waste management. Call the office at (708) 339-4100 to see how recycling serving Chicago can change the world.