By now most of us have been made aware of the pollution problem from the use of plastics in our daily lives. We’ve seen images of the plastic islands in our Pacific and Atlantic oceans.
Plastic manufacturers use different technologies and machinery to reduce the harmful remains of the plastic compound. But it remains a challenge. Not all plastics are recyclable. Microplastics are still found in our waters, threatening sea life, wildlife, and human lives.
One current focus to address the problem is Soft Plastics. Soft plastics are thin, flexible, or film plastics that include plastic bags, plastic wrapping, or flexible packaging material.
Soft plastics lack adequate recycling methods as they easily entangle in waste separation machinery, leading to mechanical failure and contamination of other recyclable materials such as paper.
Phoenix has a program to address Soft Plastic.
We in the Bay Area and the Peninsula are getting on the bandwagon to follow suit.
The SAN CARLOS LIONS CLUB YOUTH GROUP, the LEOs, HAVE COMMITTED TO A SOFT PLASTIC COLLECTION DRIVE. For every 500 pounds of soft plastic collected, LEOs get to put a park bench somewhere in San Carlos.
A plastic collection bin will be placed in Mahany Hall by the entrance. There is a poster with pictures of what is considered Soft Plastic. For additional reference, download a picture from the Phoenix website above.
WE INVITE AND ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO REMEMBER TO SET ASIDE THEIR SOFT PLASTIC AND BRING IT TO DEPOSIT IN THE LEO’S COLLECTION BIN IN MAHANY HALL THE NEXT TIME YOU ARE ON SITE. The bin will be emptied out once on Thursday night and once on Sunday night.
You will feel good for doing this extra part for our environment!
UCCSC/San Carlos Lions Club LEOs 8/9/21