plastic bag found in sunshine coast waterway could be up to 40 years old and it\'s just the tip of the iceberg
Plastic bags found in water below 8 m on Queensland\'s Sunshine Coast can be 40 years old
This discovery is only the tip of the iceberg.
The KFC pack was discovered by a volunteer group called Sunshine Coast cleaning divers (SCCUD)
The floating stone passage on callaudra brcock Beach is an area known for its sandy beaches and crystal clear waters.
Elliot Peters, the organization\'s organizer, said he sent a photo of the bag to the fast food chain under the logo, estimating that it was between 30 and 40 years old.
\"It\'s hard to say [
How long has the bag been there]
But obviously you don\'t put a KFC bag around and throw it in the water after 40 years, so it\'s obviously in an environment somewhere, both underwater and underwater, mr. Peters said.
\"We \'ve heard how long plastic has been going on, especially as micro-plastic, but for a plastic bag that\'s not too thick . . . . . . Still mostly intact, recognizable and 40 years old.
\"Since this group of recreational divers started their monthly operations on the pumice passage and the morolah River, they have collected nearly 550 kilograms of garbage from the river bed at the estuary.
Although KFC is an unusual discovery, it is not unprecedented in the state.
Researchers from Sunshine Coast University recently found a 1971-long col bag in the mangrove forest in Morton Bay.
They also found a wool bag and sarsaparilla jar in Hervey Bay, each believed to have a history of more than 30 years. Plastic film —
Including the residue of plastic bags
According to the data collected by the Australian Marine waste initiative, this is the third most common type of garbage extracted from Australian waters.
Nationwide, volunteers have collected 155,000 plastic films over the past year.
More than 640,000 pieces of hard plastic were collected, along with 213,000 cigarette butts and filters. Sunlight —
Or ultraviolet radiation.
Denise Hardesty, CSIRO\'s chief research scientist, says salt water has little effect on things like plastic bags.
\"Basically, the sun breaks the bonds of these molecules --
Different polymers, different types of plastic . \"\"For example, [if you have]
There is a plastic chair in your garden . . . . . . When it gets older, it becomes more and more brittle
It\'s under the sun.
It\'s almost a year since I was single.
Plastic bags are banned in Queensland, and researchers at Sunshine Coast University are trying to measure the impact of the ban in southeast Queensland, but it is not an easy task.
It is clear that plastic pollution has had an impact on the environment.
Marine biologist Dr Casey Townsend is part of a study published in the Marine Pollution Bulletin, which found 90 of the plastic taken by seabirds to be 2-10mm long —
The richest floating garbage in the ocean.
Dr. Townsend said these findings and earlier studies on the effects of marine litter on marine life highlight the need to reduce single litter
Use plastic to produce and use, increase recycling and prevent plastic from flowing into the sea.
While the pumice passage is full of \"beautiful\" marine life, Mr Peters says there are also the biggest waste problems facing tires, car batteries, building materials, casting nets and divers --
Abandoned fish line
After each dive, the group separates the recycled waste for reuse and recycling.
Mr. Peters estimates that in just eight months, they have restored about 25 kilometres of recreational fishing lines, collecting 500 to 2 km metres each time they go out.
\"We don\'t think people just discard it, it\'s usually obvious that it started with fishing,\" Mr Peters said . \".
Mr. Peters hopes that raising awareness and developing more sustainable fisheries products will have an impact on the future.
The sink can be melted, the bait can be re-distributed to the fishermen, the mobile phone can be sent to recycle the metal, and anything that can be recycled.
Creative people are looking for unique ways to give new life to other items.
Carefully crafted ropes, bait and even crab fragments by artist Jo Male
Pot pipe to a whimsical one
\"Each dress not only challenges our attitude and actions towards the environment, but also provides the wearer with an easy way to educate others while wearing a dress
Handmade jewelry. \"Nine-year-
Old curimondi female student Mia Bailey incorporated a cast net pulled down from the dock into a high
She designed fashion dresses for the Australian Wearable Arts Festival.
With the help of mother Nena Bailey, Mia uses chip packs, tarps, fabric scraps, plastic bottles and even thongs to create fashion from the trash.
\"We want to do this because we want to save our oceans because this generation has to help pick up all the rubbish,\" Mia said . \".
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