- monica villalobos
- Vail, CO
- United States
Can the federal gov. create a law that orders all plastic products to include a recycling number and prohibit non-recycling plastics?
As the massive consumers we are, each day thousands of tons of plastic is being bought every where in this country; not for what it is itself, but for the product it carries inside; which is the goal of our purchase. All of these plastics come in different shapes and forms, and many of them do not carry a recycling label to properly dispose of it. These wrappings, containers, bags, boxes, etc., without a number that identifies them, end up in the trash. There is no real chance of reusing the containers in most cases, and almost 100% of the wrappings are non-reusable, unless you are a professional hoarder. In my opinion, our government should be responsible for ensuring all of these consumer products have the proper label for disposing / recycling; as well as making sure that no consumer plastic products are made in an irresponsible way. A full cycle of usage should be the end in mind of every business that sells something in plastic, and the government should create a policy that makes businesses more conscious. Almost every week I see regular products now come in a new presentation in a plastic container that is not necessary for the product, just 'innovative'. Take a look at the new coffee k-cups that its use to make an individual cup of coffee every single time. Some brands of towel and toilet paper have packages of 6, 12 or more rolls, with each individual roll wrapped in transparent plastic, inside the main plastic bag that holds all the rolls together.
it might be a good idea in the future for the government to create a system of "rewarding" companies that take greater steps towards sustainability and reduce the amount of un-recyclable products, carbon footprint and waste. There may not be a model already in place in the world, so we could be the first country to implement a national system that tackles the way Americans produces, reduces, reuses and recycles. Social responsibility is a real idea that is here to stay, and the wagon is about to leave us.