What Happens After The Bin? (Plastic Recycling)

An infographic from the Good Guide to Recycling of the process of recycling and the characteristic of these plastics: Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET), High Density Polyethylene (HDPE), Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC), Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE), Polypropylene (PP), Polystyrene (PS), Polycarbonate (PC).

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What really happens to the plastic you throw away – Emma Bryce (Ted-Ed, 2015)

Click the image to view the Ted-Ed page and visit the “Dig Deeper” sections for lots of useful links!

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“Valuing Plastic: The Business Case for Measuring, Managing and Disclosing Plastic Use in the Consumer Goods Industry”

-Valuing plastic_ the business case for measuring, managing and disclosing plastic use in the consumer goods industry-2014Valuing plasticsF.pdf (page 1 of 116)

“Valuing Plastic: The Business Case for Measuring, Managing and Disclosing Plastic Use in the Consumer Goods Industry” is a publication on the valuation of plastic that allows us, for the first time, to put a figure on the costs companies would incur if the damage caused by waste plastic was included in their accounting.”

“The report highlights the urgent need for businesses to measure, manage and disclose information on their annual use and disposal of plastic, as many companies already do with carbon emissions. It also provides a series of recommendations for companies that are designed to help ensure a sustainable future for plastic.”

“It also provides a series of recommendations for companies that are designed to help ensure a sustainable future for plastic.”

Read the original report at http://www.unep.org/pdf/ValuingPlastic/ and the CNN report, “U.N. report: Our oceans are trashed with plastic,” by by Casey Tolan. CNN, 24 Jun 2014.

The curse of plastics – in beautiful Norway as much as it is everywhere!

Northern Norway – stunning coastlines, clear water and a mountainous backdrop. Yes, nature is in perfect shape. Or is it? The camera pans to plastic amidst the Norwegian coastline.

“Norwegians for Clean Coasts” is a six-minute video which remind viewers that plastic will enter the food chain, and the footage of micro fragments being.

Ren Kyst (Norwegians for Clean Coasts), aims to clean up marine litter along 35 heavily littered beaches and coastline in northern Norway. The County Governors office fund the cleanups by volunteers and the programme involves various municipalities, councils and the Norwegian Coast Guard, the Norwegian Coastal Administration, fishermens associations and the municipal waste management company.

The Coast Guard also helps with trash removal after cleanups.

This project is led by Bo Eide, an environmentalist at the Tromsø Municipality. He had previously worked on the upstream project reinforced the deposit/refund system where producers are granted a refund of their environmental fee for a 95% recycling rate of non-refillable plastic bottles and beverage cans.

Even in a country that faces the happy problem of having insufficient garbage to fuel energy plants, the issue of bioaccumulation of plastics in organisms is still a problem which requires Ren Kyst to mobilise support and raise awareness.

The call of the video is universal, and is something we experience in Singapore too. You can begin by hitting a beach to conduct a cleanup or sign up to volunteer with us!

ICCS Workshop 2011 powerpoints

ICCS Workshop 2011 powerpoints – click to download individual sections or download the zipped file of the lot here (92.6 MB).

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00-Introduction – introducing ICC and ICC Singapore.

01-Marine life in Singapore – featuring a small selection of larger marine animals and locations around Singapore which the cleanup helps to protect.

02-The impact of marine debris – discussing entanglement, ingestion of plastic and plastic fragments.

03-How to organise a cleanup – An Organiser’s step by step guide. and includes “What happens on the cleanup day,” which can be extracted for the volunteer briefing along with the other sections.

04-Know your trash! – this addresses the categories of trash in the ICC Data Card, to prepare volunteers about the diversity of debris on the shore and how to categorise items.

05-Data Submission and Trash Quiz – data consolidation can be done n the spot and submission is expected within hours of completion of your cleanup.

06-Applications to daily life – the annual data urges us to become greener in our use and management of resources. Some pointers used in the discussion are listed here.

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For videos, see the 2010 resources.

Year-Round Coastal Cleanups in Singapore: Site suggestions

To handle the queries that stream in throughout the year about beach cleanups, we have begun preparing this document to handle most of the basic queries: Year-Round Coastal Cleanups in Singapore: Site suggestions. This will reduce the burden on our side and improve response time to Organisers about basic issues.

This is a first draft to which links will be added about being independent, green and raising participant awareness minimally at least. Besides operational links to recce reports and photos of the sites, a useful addition will be a comparative table of sites for Organisers to figure out what where to work. This will have them reflect on their motivational state and operational capability, their volunteer’s enthusiasm and the organisation’s commitment level.

Year-Round Coastal Cleanups in Singapore: Site suggestions

Links to resources for Organisers, 2010

The resources we distributed at the Organiser’s Workshop in July are listed here for convenience:

  • Powerpoints, Organiser’s Guidelines and ICCS2010 report (88.2mb) – link
  • Short videos (56.7mb) – link
  • Long video – the ICC 2009 video (130.5mb) – link
2010 ICCS Resources for web