Plastic pollution is a common problem in all countries all over the world. The fact that plastics take several hundreds of years before it can decay and get dissolved is a problem that every country is now actively pursuing.
The most common area where the pollution starts is on drainage pipes when the plastic waste gets washed away by the rain until it finally gets stuck when the waste gets crowded.
In the summer of 2018, Australia city of Kwinana thought of a way to battle this problem with a genius yet simple way. The infiltration system they did is unbelievably simple, it consists of a net placed on every outlet of their drainage pipe.
These nets capture debris and allow the water to seep through keeping the environment protected from contamination and pollution.
The city authorities started by installing two nets and were surprised at the results, as their new filtration system managed to catch over 800 pounds of garbage within a few weeks. Clearly, the system was a good idea and both the government and the citizens quickly saw this and are contented.
The nets, when full are then lifted and placed into special collection trucks that transport the trash to sorting centers that will then separate the biodegradable trash to non-biodegradable.
So, it was decided that this shall be installed in every drainage and reserve water drain throughout the country. Though each pipe installation is expensive and can reach up to $10,000 each, the longterm saving benefits were big enough to demand the initial high installing expense.
An example is that they will be able to save on labor costs when they won’t have to hire cleaning services anymore all throughout the city. Not to mention the danger that the citizens and the environment are into when these don’t get installed.