I REFER to a report titled “Floodwaters wash up littering habit” that appeared in StarMetro on Sept 15.
The front-page picture for the report showing plastic bottles and polystyrene boxes floating in the water was shocking.
Some of this may very well end up in our stomachs as microplastic because our potable water is drawn from rivers.
We use this water for drinking and cooking.
We are taking in some of what we have put out there.
We have dumped plastic, polystyrene, foul and toxic effluents and now even face masks into rivers. All those will come back to us when we drink water sourced from rivers.
A lot of water runs from our drains into rivers. Together with the water are the waste we put in.
Factories and commercial areas are also aplenty along our riverbanks.
Effluents are supposedly treated before being discharged into the rivers but not all companies fully comply due to costs or just pure apathy.
The recent pollution at Sungai Gong is an example of non-compliance.
Rubbish clogging up drains and rivers are also part of the cause for flash floods.
To blame the recent floods in Kuala Lumpur on the government or freak weather is not entirely fair.
We should take some of the blame for not keeping our drains clean and unclogged.
We have to realise that rubbish must be disposed of properly.
Remember that rivers flow into seas, together with the rubbish we put in.
The sea then washes back some of the rubbish on to the beaches, marring the area.
This spoils the fun for beachgoers.
Imagine going for some relaxation only to see rubbish lying all over the place.
The rubbish also affects marine life that feed on the plastic and other discarded items.
It is scary because we then consume some of this, like fish for instance.
We must realise our mistakes and learn to keep drains, rivers, roads and all other areas free of rubbish.
Keep clean and also use less plastic.
How well we live and stay healthy depends on our actions.
We must not be irresponsible and dispose of waste as we like as this not only mars our environment but endangers our health as well.KOO WEE HON
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