The majority that ends up in our domestic waste bin is plastic. And is burnable - which I'd almost rather. Not that I want an incinerator on my doorstep. Or more incinerators. I'd prefer not to have the plastic to begin with.
So while there is promise in bugs that can break down some plastics, it doesn't address the issue of the packaging. Incinerators that thrive on waste and levies such as the landfill tax that were created in good faith, end up aiding and encouraging the burning of waste, and neither diminish packaging.
I watched a TV program recently with drone footage at a waste processing plant, and it was made quite clear that lots of our waste is transported abroad. China was buying it. Which again only encourages us to make it. China rather sensibly is now banning post consumer plastic waste from being imported. So that's the end of that little money earner and carpet under sweeping for us. But it's rather ridiculous that we were exporting it in the first place. Goods and wastes being shuttled back and forth around the globe. The TV show dressed it up that we were filling what would be empty containers on their return journeys. In my mind it just appeared that the UK had nothing better to export, and it horrified me.
I quite like the idea of consumer rejection of packaging at the till. Perhaps we need a concerted effort?
I hadn't factored that much of the waste in the garden could have actually been placed there by residents who couldn't afford to have it removed. I'm lucky then, that there isn't more. And what is there , although a pain is mainly manageable, it just feels like a bind cleaning up after others.
We are off the sewerage grid, so our washing machine etc, pumps out to a shared unit for the hamlet, that ends out overflowing to a river. The micro-plastics are really alarming. It's likely clothes fibers could make their way out into the environment. It's a shame as I'd previously thought that recycling plastic bottles into clothing was a great idea. Plastics are insidious.