The global problem of plastic waste and other floating debris in reservoirs has not lost its relevance in many years and is becoming more severe. It represents a danger not only to humanity, but also to the natural environment. Sometimes the simplest solutions are the most brilliant.
Recently, the whole world learned about the city of Kwinana in Australia, where they found a very easy way to deal with waste products that polluted water. In the spring of 2018, in the Henley Bushland, an installation of two unusual sewer networks was carried out: special drainage nets were provided for garbage accumulation.
These structures have significantly reduced the release of waste into the environment. They were installed in residential locations at the exits of two drainpipes located between settlements and the natural area. The production and installation of these drainage networks cost the city approximately $20,000.
New garbage traps were not only a great solution for cleansing sewage water, but they also appeared to be very economical. After their installation, manual waste collection was minimized. The nets themselves are quite easy to install: after they have been filled, they are removed by crane and taken away.
In just 4 months, the garbage traps collected around 370 kilograms of waste, which was subsequently sent for grinding and recycling. The locals are very pleased with the outcome of this project.
Everyone has won: the people, the flora and the fauna – the area has become cleaner. Meanwhile, collecting garbage nets do not pose any danger to animals.
Mayor of the city of Kwinana, Carol Adams, said that the local community had long been alarmed by the unfavorable environmental situation. A vast number of people learned about the project after one of the city officials posted about it on his Facebook page.