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ENGLISH FOR ACADEMIC PURPOSES UU114 ASSIGNMENT 2 REPORT ON THE SINGLE USE OF PLASTIC Full Name: Jethro Bernard Lockington ID Number: S11172017 Group Number: 2 Tutor’s Name: Ms. Shaleshni Prasad
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ABSTRACT This report is written on an investigation on the uncontrolled usage of plastics in Ba Town dealing with the reasons as to why people use plastic, the major impact plastic pollution has on the locals and ways in which the usage of plastic can be minimized and to also minimize plastic pollution. The methods used to meet the objectives included handing out questionnaires, conducting interviews and doing research. The results show that people use plastic for various reasons such as trash bags. Plastic pollution affects the sea, land and atmosphere and this report will also show the areas needed for improvement in order to cut down on plastic usage. This report shall also make recommendations.
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LIST OF FIGURES Figure 1: Graph showing the recycling practices at home Figure 2: Pie chart on the care for plastic pollution Figure 3: Graph showing people’s awareness on the plastic pollution statistics Figure 4: Pie chart on the action people took after the introduction of 20cents per plastic bag Figure 5: Graph showing whether people agree or disagree with the 20cents charge per plastic bag Figure 6: Pie chart on the need for more information on plastic Figure 7: Graph showing areas needed for improvement Figure 8: Uses of plastic at home, in businesses and communities Figure 9: Reasons for using plastic Figure 10: Single use of plastics Figure 11: Major impact of the uncontrolled use of plastics Figure 12: Ways to minimize plastic usage
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1.0 INTRODUCTION Labelled as one of the major types of pollution - affecting millions of people and sea creatures all across the globe – plastic pollution is a human activity that rapidly damages the environment affecting humans themselves and also millions of sea creatures worldwide. This report focusses on the reasons why people use plastic, get people’s views on the single use of plastic, and to identify the major impact of the uncontrolled use of plastic. This report also highlights the actions people can take in order to minimize the need for plastic. Also, recommendations will be reported as to how people can improve their lifestyles in order to cut down on the need for using plastic for a much cleaner environment. This report is based in the town of Ba which is situated in the Western Division of Viti Levu in the beautiful islands of Fiji. Right beside Ba town is the Ba River which flows upstream through the Rarawai Sugar Mill and flows downstream through Nailaga Village, and it is famous for its clams, also known as ‘kai koso’ in Fiji, which is a local delicacy. However, along the recent years, there has been an increase in the amount of rubbish dumped along the Ba River bank and also rubbish dumped in the river, particularly rubbish that is concealed in plastic bag and other plastic materials.
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