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Dealing with Plastic Waste efficiently

Often, I have been asked why people do not collect and make money from the plastic in the river, I tell them it is a hard & expensive task to do . Yesterday, I challenged myself- got into the water for one hour to see how much of the recyclable plastic waste I’d be able to gather.
The exercise took me an hour. At the end of the one hour, and after managing to collect about 700 plastic bottles, I was only able to earn ksh100. Ultimate, I would have earned about ksh170 but the plastics were wet and dirty. Too much work, for so little!
Plastic waste is just trash that nobody wants to pick and that explains why its impact in the environment is so high. We need to put extra efforts to stop it from leaking into the environment and demand a mandatory deposit and return schemes for all plastic drink bottles.
Sadly, it is not just plastic drink bottles that are polluting our environment but all nature of plastic, like shoes, clothes, flip-flops, things that are extremely difficult to retrieve let alone to recycle. It calls on us all to be more mindful of our environment.
As the world negotiates a global #plasticstreaty, one of the thing that I would really like addressed is existing plastic waste, we need to get it out of the environment.

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  • Joseph Githinji

    58 w

    Great work for bringing this to the lime light. This cleaners deserve better . Also we need a turn around on this plastics.

    • Patrik Lobergh

      58 w

      Governments need to pay cleaners per bottle or kg for cleaning up the dumped plastic in our surroundings

      • Lizie Wambui

        58 w

        Our oceans and rivers are very dirty because of plastics.

        • Munene Mugambi

          58 w

          A way to deal with the plastic menace

          • Evangeline Wanjiru

            58 w

            Sustainability is key

            • Tabitha Kimani

              58 w

              We need a solution to plastics, thankfully researchers are on a good course.

              • Kihm Francis

                58 w

                nice work!! keep it up

                • rosebellendiritu

                  58 w

                  Very tedious work with very little earning,this clearly indicates how useless this thing is,so my opinion would be total ban

                  • Rukia Ahmed Abdi

                    58 w

                    Good work, leading by example

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