Every drop of water that will ever exist on our planet is already here so our actions have an impact. Plastic – which takes decades or even hundreds of years to decompose – poses a threat to our water supplies and water quality in a variety of ways.

Plastic pollution and floating trash in water resources is an ever-growing global problem. Not only it is dangerous for human beings, but also for the wildlife as well. Luckily, sometimes, the simplest and easiest solutions are proven to be the most effective. Whole world heard about an Australian city Kwinana – and for a good reason.

The drainage nets or so-called “trash traps” were placed to reduce the discharge of plastic waste from drainage systems. The nets are designed to prevent pollutants and solid waste, carried by storm water from the local road network, from flowing into the nature reserves. The trash traps were placed on the outlets of two drainage pipes, located between residential and natural areas.

This kind of waste management was proven to be extremely cost-effective, as manual labor (workers used to collect the trash by hands) was reduced to a bare minimum. Traps are relatively easy to install, and when they get full – they are picked up with a crane.

After installation in March, in a period of four months, the nets caught around 815lbs (370kg) of trash

The collected waste was transported into a sorting facility, where the green waste was then converted into mulch, and recyclable/non-recyclable materials were separated and the plastics recycled. The city’s residents are glad that the nets were proven to be such an extremely successful project. The local wildlife benefited as well – not only do they live in a cleaner area, but the trash traps are not dangerous for them, as to date no animal has been caught up in either of the nets.

Water is as important to humans as air. Having clean drinkable water available at all times wherever we are, is essential. People who do not have drinkable water running in their home pipes often turn to one option; bottled water. For this reason, the most used container is the plastic bottle. The world buys a million plastic bottles every minute.

By now, everyone is probably aware of the amount of plastic waste we are producing as humans. The amount of waste in our oceans, landfills, and waterways is unacceptable. Now more than ever we need to be environmentally conscious and know the effect that we are having on our world.