It was during the eighties when as a Councillor in a Local Authority, at regular meetings we frequently discussed how to deal with the dangers of plastic waste and the expansive use of it. There was a mass of information at that time for the handling and the disposal of it, but nothing was achieved.
We were concerned at the environment of the world and how it would cope with the ever increasing need of the material, with the certain knowledge there would come a time when the earth would be swamped. Although I don’t think we imagined for one moment how dangerous it really was and within such a short time our way of life would start to choke on the stuff.
Various schemes were proposed at that time for using it as fuel and developing power from what is a useless material once it has been discarded. The proposals were normally wiped out at birth, and never got off the ground because of one fear or another, whether it was destroying the green belt or the horror of contaminated air from the burning and the ‘not in my back yard’ attitude. Of course by that time man had gone to the moon and back and yet there was not the will to find a way of burning plastic without it causing pollution.
Nearly forty years on and there is still no sign of a real answer to the dilemma except multi bins outside houses to separate it from other waste material, which is no answer at all for the Authorities still do not know what to do with it. Frequently there has been some help as various proposal have been put in place to destroy it…maybe that should have happened forty years ago.
In the last twelve months or so there have been reports of numerous fires. I am not only talking forest, where acres have been destroyed around the world, there have also been the burning of buildings, for instance the terrible event of the Grenfell Tower being destroyed. In the past there have been fires in high rise building but they were kept under control. I am sure I am not the only one thinking it is odd as we hear of another building burning, the latest one is a famous museum in South America with priceless artefacts inside burnt to the ground.
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