Pollution is a very serious problem all over the world. Our oceans are being contaminated with plastic and other types of garbage, which is very harmful to the environment. It is also a serious danger to the wildlife that lives in the sea. To give you an idea of how dangerous pollution is today, a deepwater mission was sent to the bottom of the ocean to research depths that had never been seen by human eyes. The researchers were shocked when they discovered a plastic bag on the ocean floor. At this depth, there is absolutely no light, and there is too much pressure for life. The fact that there was a plastic bag on the ocean floor, it is a clear sign that pollution is a significant issue. It isn’t just the deepest depths of the ocean where we are finding plastic products and other forms of pollution. Since we need plastic in our daily lives, we need to find a way to keep plastic out of our oceans.
Australia, like most areas in the world, is not immune to the pollution problems plaguing our world today. The officials in the city of Kwinana understand that they cannot depend on the residents to stop polluting the waters. Even though people know that they are destroying the planet every time they throw garbage in and around the ocean, it still happens every day. Fortunately, Australia found a simple and helpful way to save water from plastic pollution.
To combat the pollution problem, the officials in Kwinana created a net filtration system in the Henley Reserve. The net is placed on the outlets of the drainage pipes. This allows water to pass, which is necessary; however, it will hold the plastic and other trash in. When the nets fill up, they can be removed. When the nets are removed, they would be placed on trucks explicitly designed for this purpose, and then the nets would be reinstalled to begin catching more trash.
The nets filled with trash are taken to a sorting center, where the garbage would be sorted. Anything made of plastic would be separated, and the recycling process would begin.
The First Haul
There were many people who thought that this wouldn’t work. The naysayers were sure that the city would need to adopt an expensive filtration system if they were going to be successful in keeping pollution out of the water. These people were wrong. After the first few days of the nets being attached, they caught over 800-pounds of waste. This proved to city officials that the nets were effective, and expensive filtration systems were unnecessary.
What makes this project so attractive to the city officials was the cost. The net installation cost the city about $10,000, which is a fraction of the cost of what a sophisticated infiltration system would cost. The city had to buy only the nets needed for the project because when they are full, the nets are emptied right onto the truck and immediately replaced on the pipes.
So far, this system has been incredibly successful in Kwinana. The system has been up and running for close to a year, and the city has reported no issues. It is very simple, which is what makes it work so well. There are no filters that need to be changed, no mechanical systems that need to be repaired, and no mechanical upkeep necessary. The city needs to simply send someone to the Henley Reserve on a regular basis, have them empty the nets. Within just a few minutes, the nets are put back on. It is cheap, easy, and most of all, successful.
Pass It On
When other cities around Australia and around the world see how successful this method of filtering trash is, you can only hope that will start doing it as well. Filtering the trash in one city will help; however, pollution is a problem all over the world. It would take most major cities implementing this system to make a difference in our world’s pollution.
It is essential for future generations that we nip the pollution in the bud now. Our grandchildren and our great-grandchildren had nothing to do with our pollution problem today. Since they didn’t cause the problem, it is up to us to clean it up for them. We are going to need to do this for them if they are going to grow up and have families in a clean world, where water pollution isn’t an issue.
What Kwiani has done proves that with small efforts, minimal budgets, and the willingness to protect the environment, we can perform miracles. In time, we could get our oceans cleaned up, making our world a safer place for everyone.