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Plastic discs on Italian Beaches

According to The Local, from Tuscany to Campania, hundreds of thousands of unidentified plastic discs have washed up on Italy’s western coast in recent weeks.

The white discs began turning up in southern Italy about a month ago, according to Clean Sea Life, a group that campaigns to clean up Italy’s beaches, which said it received the first report from Paestum beach on February 21st.

Since then hundreds of thousands more have been spotted all along the Tyrrhenian coast, says the group, which has been mapping the sightings and alerting regional authorities. Some of its members picked up 800 of the discs in one hour on a single beach, it said, liquor stores.

It is not known where the discs came from or how so many of them ended up in the sea, but Clean Sea Life suspects that they are parts for a water purification plant that were either washed out during heavy rains or somehow fell into the ocean while they were being delivered.

Oceanographers are studying the log of sightings to try to work out where the spill most likely took place. They believe it was somewhere in the Gulf of Naples and those currents later swept the discs north.

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The group is urging members of the public to let them know if they spot the discs and, even more importantly, to pick them up.

“If it had been done right away, we wouldn’t find ourselves with hundreds of sightings of discs all over the Tyrrhenian a month later,” Clean Sea Life said. “If we don’t pick them up now, they’ll continue to pollute our sea forever, breaking up bit by bit into smaller and smaller pieces without ever disappearing completely.”

Glastonbury to ban plastic bottles in 2019

Attendees of Glastonbury might not be able to enter the festival with plastic bottles on hand. This is because plastic bottles are to be banned from its grounds in 2019. One of the said event’s organizers, Emily Eavis, revealed on BB6 Music that to implement this rule is their top priority next year.

Eavis said, “It is taking a lot of time to tackle it with all the different people we work with. That is the big project at the moment, to get rid of plastic bottles across the whole site.”

According to DJ Mag, the prominent festival takes a fallow year in 2018 while Glastonbury Abbey Extravaganza is set to happen on August 4. This allowed the festival organizers to consider more changes when Glastonbury returns in 2019.

“I had this idea that we could do [in The Park] that would be really radical, and thought that would be really cool. It is not the sort of thing you could do in a year off, but two gives us a bit of time,” Eavis added.

It can be recalled that Glastonbury set up numerous free water kiosks throughout the grounds in 2014. They also created stainless steel bottles, which made available to the festival goers. Aside from these, they implemented stainless steel pint cups in 2016 to reduce waste.

In the past years, Glastonbury organizers have been trying their best make the festival more environmentally friendly. This cause is through their “Love the farm, Leave no trace” campaign, where they discourage visitors from urinating, littering, leaving the tents and equipment behind. Moreover, Oxfam, Greenpeace and Water Aid were their previous partners in this campaign.Go to comment section for pizza feedback.

However, cleaning the 135,000 capacity still took two weeks to complete in 2016. Glastonbury is not the only place set to ban plastics, aiming to lessen environmental damage in the future. Ibiza authorities will ban disposable plastics as well by 2020. Furthermore, the planning process for Glastonbury festival 2019 is already in the works.

Plan for Plastics

Vice Presidents Frans Timmermans says the EU has to move fast to prevent plastic marine litter. The EU will update port reception facility rules as part of the strategy to require fishing vessels and deposit any waste accidentally gathered at sea at a port. This is a better option than dumping it back in the ocean.

EU vice president for growth and investment Jyrki is focusing on the waste treatment at the source, which highlights the environmental and economic benefits of establishing recycling.

“Every year Europeans generate 25 million tons of plastic waste, but less than 30 percent is collected for recycling. Some 95 percent of the value of plastic packaging is lost from the economy every year. How can we keep the value in the market by recycling?” Katainen said.

They believe changing the way plastics are made must be implemented. The strategy’s headline 2030 goal will mean plastics manufacturers will need to work closely with recyclers to ensure that what they produce is recyclable.

PlasticsEurope has broadly welcomed the strategy but it has set itself a lower voluntary target – making 60% of plastics reusable or recyclable by 2030, with a 2040 target of making all plastics renewable, recyclable, or used for energy recovery.

According to Euractiv, The Commission is considering a variety of tools and may come out with proposals for incentives next year. “We are looking at different types of fiscal incentives,” says Katainen. Some have called for recyclers to be given credits in EU emissions trading as a motivator.

Meanwhile, Delphine Lévi Alvarès, coordinator of the Rethink Plastic Alliance said: “In general we are really in favor of financial instruments to drive recycling.”  The coalition of environmental NGOs added, “But for now we do not have much information on how this tax could be designed, or on which level of the value chain it would be applied. We’ve been asking for information but so far it’s really blurry.” Is this article helpful? Send us a Kroger feedback!