Part I: Introduction
Plastic is a part of our lives. There are nearly 50 kinds of plastics commonly used to make everything from juice containers and garbage bags to windows and doors. Many plastic products cannot be used again, so we throw them out. We might say that good garbage is material that decays in the environment without harming it. The problem with plastic garbage is that it does not turn into another harmless material. It turns into poisonous products. Plastic pollutes the earth. So, plastic is not “good” garbage. Plastic is litter that lasts.
Today, we welcome Plastic Man to our show. He is going to help us learn more about plastic and how it affects our environment.
Part II: What is plastic?
Foam is a kind of plastic, too.
ask you to leave.
[SOUND OF A STRUGGLE, CHAIRS SCRAPING, ETC.]
Part III: Protecting our planet from plastic waste
If you can’t reduce, or reuse, you can recycle. Many plastics can be recycled. Find out what plastic products can be recycled in your area.
If there is no recycling program in your community, maybe you could start one.
These are just a few ideas for reducing, re-using and recycling plastic. You may have more. Share your ideas. Remember, plastic is not good garbage because it does not decay safely in the environment. Protect our planet from plastic waste!
This script was written by Belinda Bruce, Assistant Editor at Developing Countries Farm Radio Network, Toronto, Canada. It was researched with the help of Anna Palarmachuk, Toronto, Canada. It was reviewed by Susan Sang, Toxicology Department, World Wildlife Fund, Toronto, Canada.
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- Further information
- Reuse and recycle your garbage (Package 32, script 7)