Mouth of the Los Angeles River, Long Beach, California.
Photo source: ©© Bill McDonald, Algalita Foundation / Heal The Bay
“As stated in the featured documentary, Inside the Garbage of the World, ‘we’re going to create an environmental catastrophe that we may not be able to recover from.’
Many take for granted that their garbage “magically disappears” once it’s picked up by the garbage truck, but nothing could be further from the truth. Most garbage does not disappear. It’s simply relocated to a landfill or a recycling center. Trash also makes its way down storm drains and into nearby waterways.
The Abomination That Is Plastic…
Our throwaway mentality has created a pollution problem that now threatens the future of humanity itself. Plastic trash is of particular concern, as bits and pieces of plastic are mistaken for food by birds and sea animals.
Debris in the ocean also blocks sunlight from which plankton and algae sustain themselves, and this has negative implications on up the food chain as it eventually becomes micronized and winds up in some of the seafood you eat,” by Dr. Mercola.
– “Are Plastic Grocery Bags Sacking the Environment?”
By John Roach for National Geographic News
September 2, 2003, over a decade ago
Yelm is the largest city in Thurston County that has not banned the use of plastic grocery bags.