The recent flooding on September 22 brought to light the ever-present problem of plastic pollution—not just plastic, but dumping of all kinds of rubbish in our nation’s waterways. Also of interest, were the various letters to the editor pointing out that our largely uneducated citizens are to blame for this massive dumping problem.
While the Environmental Management Authority (EMA) has placed many of their iCARE bins around the country, I don’t think many people know what they are for or that you can place PET plastic bottles, Tetrapak drink cartons, aluminium cans and glass bottles all in the same bin. More education is needed!
What is baffling to me is why then did the Government stop funding the Plastikeep Recovery Programme? Plastikeep was funded by the Green Fund and their main focus was education i.e. teaching the nation’s adults and children about recycling, why we should recycle and the effects of indiscriminate dumping on the environment. The iCARE programme, funded by the Green Fund, would benefit from the work Plastikeep did.
iCare received its first funding from the Green Fund in 2015 (according to their Facebook page). At the end of 2015, without warning or any indication of the Government’s intent to terminate its work, Plastikeep stopped receiving Government funding. Coincidence?