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UK Government Announces £61 million Package to Tackle Marine Litter

Theresa May announced a fund totaling £61.4 million to fight the rising tide of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans. This is ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in London next week.

She is due to call on all of the 52 leaders present to sign up to the Commonwealth Clean Oceans Alliance – a strategy to help developing Commonwealth nations research and improve waste management.

Four Commonwealth countries have already joined the UK in the alliance – New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Vanuatu and Ghana.

The fund is expected to be disbursed as thus; £25 million will be used to help researchers investigate the issue of marine plastic from a scientific, economic and social perspective; £20 million will be used to curb plastic and other environmental pollution generated by manufacturing in developing countries and prevent it entering the oceans; while the remaining £16.4 million will be devoted to improving waste management at a national and city level to stop plastics from entering the water.

Speaking in advance of the summit, the Prime Minister said: “This week we will look closely at how we can tackle the many threats to the health of the world’s oceans, including the scourge of marine plastic pollution.

“As one of the most significant environmental challenges facing the world today, it is vital that we tackle this issue, so that future generations can enjoy a natural environment that is healthier than we currently find it.

“The UK public has shown passion and energy in the fight against plastic waste, and I believe the Commonwealth is uniquely placed to further this transformative action.

“It is a unique organisation with the strength and the commitment to make a difference.”

She added: “If we stand together, we have the opportunity to send not only a powerful message to the world but also to effect real change.”

Furthermore and following the announcement, WWF chief executive Tanya Steele said “Two billion people around the world lack access to an effective waste collection, so much of the plastic they use ends up in our oceans and devoting UK international development money to help poor communities clean up and better manage their waste isn’t just good for nature, it’s good for people too.”

 

Non-Profit Uses Recycling Programs to Grow Human Services

A human services nonprofit, St. Vincent de Paul Society of Lane County in Eugene, Oregon uses recycling programs to grow human services.

The non-profit makes tiles from melted recycled glass to be sold in the on-site shop and tourist shops across the country to achieve its aim. Also, it utilise donated used books by selling some and sending some to paper manufacturers in reaching its goal.

Susan Palmer, the non-profit’s economic development director, says the waste management operation at St. Vincent of Lane County has three main goals: divert materials from the waste stream, create jobs for the local community, and generate revenue for the nonprofit. It’s working. In addition to books and glass, the nonprofit recycles mattresses and box springs — over 300,000 annually — employs about 385 people in its waste management programmes, and brings in $21 million from these activities yearly.

It uses some of that revenue to fund its other activities – affordable housing development, emergency and homelessness services, and employment solutions like its job search center where people can get help with resumes, career counseling and interview tips.

Among other things, St. Vincent of Lane County also train other non-profits to start their own materials recycling programs.

WasteWatch Africa believes this is a great way in advancing the “Reuse and Recycle” hierarchy of waste management.

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