Plastics and micro-plastics are a massive threat to our global marine ecosystems and our planet, only equal to Global Warming.
The flow has to be stopped at source before they reach the oceans and beaches. This does not mean outlawing the use of plastics but managing their disposal and preventing them from entering and emerging from our drains and sewers by using filters on for example washing machines and smart network flow management to reduce the activation of sewer storm overflows
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Sewers, Drains and Sewer Overflows commonly referred to as CSOs are one of the largest sources of plastics, sewage and macerated hospital waste entering the oceans and inland water bodies.
CSO overflows are designed to prevent flooding and sewage treatment works overload but and many in the industry would argue their presence is better than having sewer flooding to contend with.
However we believe that with retrofit flow regulation devices, the mandating of SuDS (sustainable urban drainage), water buts, flow attenuators, filters, screens, containment weirs, the volume of pollution spilled and the frequency of spills can be reduced at a modest cost without having to resort to building new sewers and sewage treatment works.
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As is clearly evident in in this photograph above, many of the the plastics we find in our waterways and oceans start their journeys after being washed into roadside gullies.
Fact, road gullies do not have any filters or screens to stop the passage of plastics and also carry one of the largest sources of micro-plastics and fibres, that produced by tyres into our drainage systems and and/or sewers and ultimately our watercourses and oceans
If you make it a wrap it in plastic, then you are potentially as guilty as those that drop it.
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This is an actual photograph captured by the Zero Pollution Network Founder when conducting an audit of Highways Drainage.
As be clearly seen, this gully which was unblocked before the camera, discharged its nasty toxic contents into a stream causing a significant pollution incident.
Aside from the evident oils, one can safely assume this cocktail contained heavy metals, tyre rubber, tyre fibres and a plastics
Even with a 6mm spacing between the slats in this screen all sorts of plastics can get through. And sideways on even a crisp packet or carrier bag would have a fighting chance of escape.
However, if the screen is not cleaned /serviced it is not long before all the debris can pass as the screen once blinded will simply weir over.
Globally there are hundreds of thousands of active and disused mines all spewing pollution into our aquatic environment and/or groundwater.
The majority of the pollution comes from mine flooding but there is also considerable pollution from active mine processes too.
In the case of abandoned mines water dissolves minerals and metal salts either within the mine shafts or the slag heaps to create toxic cocktails of polluted water that eventually seeps from to the surface or contaminates the aquifer. Mine water can be highly as it can contain heavy metals such as arsenic, iron.
We believe mine water pollution can be considerably reduced if it is monitored, treated and controlled at source
This is one of the largest 21st century scandals where instead of bagging and incinerating potentially toxic, viral and bacterial laden waste, is is now in many countries including the UK captured in pulp paper containers which are macerated and flushed down sewer networks without any form of treatment, only to enter the aquatic environment where the waste becomes ingested by marine life or our children while splashing on the beaches. However worse still, we are told that radioactive iodine is flushed too!
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However, sadly in the Western World there is too much of an autopsy culture based on logging and reporting rather than one which invests in tackling the discharges head on. We believe this investment is misguided and far better return would be obtained by investing in spill reduction technology under the control of real-time sensor networks.
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Industries globally produce pollution, this can take many forms from the discharge of toxic chemicals, nutrients, silts that create turbidity, through to cooling waters that cause an excessive temperature rise in a water body.
The more ethical make great efforts to eliminate pollution however for every ethical business there are countless unethical businesses that spew all types of pollution into our aquatic world and groundwater.
Unlike airborne pollution that soon disperses, aquatic pollution can remain for a long time trapped in soil strata, silts or lagoons for decades.
On top of this the the risk of un-intended discharges that can arise from spills and firewater. The latter being the toxic cocktail that results from fire fighting.
Industrial pollution can be controlled and ignorance is no excuse!
Agricultural pollution is common and is due to many factors. Likely sources are pesticides, slurry, animal manure /dung, milk, fertilisers, weed killers and even spil can be toxic as it contains organic compounds that can demand oxygen
With care agricultural pollution can be controlled and ignorance is no excuse!
Storm Tanks have a finite capacity and once full can overflow. Failure to manage storm tanks can lead to both inland and coastal pollution.
Although stormtank water may look clean it is often not and can contain suspended solids, sewage, plastics and micro-plastics.
Although rail is portrayed as being clean, as left a legacy of pollution from a century of wooden sleepers treated with toxic preservatives and track ballast kept clean using now outlawed weed killers