June 2, 2019

Burning Plastic Waste, Cigarette Btt Harmful to Ones Health and Environment

PORT MORESBY: Burning plastic waste and littering cigarette butts are harmful to the environment and ones health, a Non-Government Organisation warned on Sunday, 2 June 2019.

Samantha Kuman of Sustainable Coastlines PNG said plastic bags and bottles and material can take up to 400 years to decompose.

She was speaking at the advance World Environment Day celebration initiated by the National Capital District Governor Powes Parkop who launched the Green Partner of the City, Green Excellence Business Award and to set up and eco green club in various secondary schools in the city at the Independence Boulevard to mark the day three days in advance.

She said studies show that, adding close to 100,000 marine mammals and an estimated one million sea birds are killed by plastic waste in the oceans, every year.

Kuman urged fellow citizens to stop burning plastic material and waste in front of shop fronts or within their premises or litter them into waterways and drainages or into the ocean to save the marine life and address air pollution.

She extended her call to smokers to litter cigarette filters (butt) at trash bins,
“Cigarette filters are one of the biggest contributors to the marine litter.,” said Kuman who pledged to become the force for Nature.

She also warned that plastic, when burnt, emits dioxins waste contain furan (toxins) which are harmful to the human body and our health.
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