reduce pollution of single use plastics water companies by using decomposable plastics

reduce pollution of single use plastics water companies by using decomposable plastics

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CJ Sellers started this petition to EPA

Every year, Americans dispose of billions of plastic bottles each year. On the surface, plastic bottle recycling in the United States looks like an excellent way to reduce waste and prevent the extraction of virgin materials. Curbside recycling programs span the United States and have become a staple in the waste management. In fact, plastic bottle recycling rates by weight have increased for the last 25 years consecutively. In 2014, the total weight of plastics collected for recycling grew by 3.3 percent or 97 million pounds. Although recycling programs are widespread, a mere 23 percent of disposable water bottles are actually recycled.

The plastic packaging and beverage industry was encouraging recycling initiatives instead of regulating or banning disposable plastic packaging. Now, decades later, disposable plastic packaging is barely regulated, thus the burden of waste management falls on local governments and not beverage producers. Sadly, plastic recycling is so complex that lots of materials end up in landfills and plastic is often transported across the globe to find markets for the recycled materials.Just because a plastic bottle has recycling arrows on the bottom doesn’t actually mean it is recyclable in a given area. The system is complicated and often comes down to simple economics. Is it financially viable to collect, sort and transport the plastics to markets that can purchase them? A lot of plastics are sent to China to be recycled, but this often isn’t financially viable if there is not adequate demand and therefore an adequate price to justify all the required preparation.

Resource Natural Spring Water now offers 100 percent rPET recycled water bottles for all its bottled water nationwide, if all companies using single use plastics retired to 100% recyclables, that would give recycling sites time to catch up with the immense amount of plastics we’ve acquired in recent years. With 100% recyclables, the need for separation due to hazards from resin and other hazardous materials would no longer be an issue and we can all start to focus on the bigger picture which is reducing our wastes effect on our planet.

 

 

 

 

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