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Just back from a long(ish) cross channel ferry into Newhaven earlier and just had to laugh at something I saw from the rear observation deck....

A couple of kids were shouting and pointing out to Sea at something they'd seen. I didn't pay much attention at first until their parents commented about a 'green carpet'.

I spun around and followed the direction they were pointing and had to do a double take. Off the side of the ferry, merrily bobbing away on the surface was a piece of artificial turf - some 3 or 4 metres square, with a single seagull perched in the middle and quite at home clearly ! It was a bit like a scene from Aladdin.

I so annoyed I had left my camera phone in the car, but how on earth such a large piece of artificial turf had found its way into/onto(?) the ocean amazes me - What a throwaway world we live in......

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  • PRO

    Possibly it was part of the bare foot bowling green off the P & O ferry multi million pound pacific cruiser !! 

  • PRO

    Must have been a strange sight! However, it does highlight the fact that when we are trying to reduce non-recyclable plastics and encourage more recycling, what about in a few years when the current round of artificial turf in so many gardens needs replacing? I'm all for real grass any day! 

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    From sea to plate: how plastic got into our fish
    https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/feb/14/sea-to-plate-p...

    From sea to plate: how plastic got into our fish
    Eight million tonnes of waste plastic ends up in the sea each year. Fish eat it - and then we do. How bad is it for us?
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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Pacific_garbage_patch

    Great Pacific garbage patch
    The Great Pacific garbage patch, also described as the Pacific trash vortex, is a gyre of marine debris particles in the central North Pacific Ocean…
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    I was reading the other day about The Lebanon, where lorries transport rubbish to the landfill, and at the same time other lorries take 'older' waste and dump it the Med.

    More worryingly, an old waste dump has been re-opened. As well as taking in new waste, lorries can be seen carrying old waste - much of it reportedly contaminated with chemicals - from the mountain and tipping it into the Mediterranean.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-40191270

    The 81-year-old woman inspiring a nation to recycle - BBC News
    A retired teacher who set up an all-woman rubbish collection team in her village in Lebanon is offering one solution to the country's rubbish crisis.
  • PRO
    At a local livery yard there is secondhand astroturf on the lane where the horses are led into the yard, nothing spectacular about it, but I do raise a smile seeing the half a centre circle marked on it from its former use covering a football pitch.

    Andy
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