Groundbreaking plastic pollution act hits congress

The law would overhaul recycling and shift the responsibility to companies

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A new bill has been introduced which is designed to phase out single-use plastics.

The Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act of 2020 will also overhaul corporate recycling, and hold packaging manufacturers more responsible for reducing waste.

The bill was introduced by Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.), along with Sen. Jeff Merkey (D-Ore.) and Rep. Katherine Clark (D-Mass.).

It has no Republican co-sponsors, meaning it is unlikely to pass in the Senate.

The bill would reform recycling and waste collection, effectively shifting the onus from consumers to corporations to help solve the plastic problem.

Currently, states are responsible for recycling and cutting plastic use. They put plastic bans and bottle deposit programs in place. This law would move the burden of responsibility to the federal government.

The bill also acts as an incentive for companies to make reusable and recyclable products.

Senator Udall said in a statement: “The plastic pollution crisis is past the tipping point: our communities, our waterways, and even our bodies are at risk. We are already bearing the cleanup costs of mountains of plastic waste, and it will only get worse for future generations. We have a responsibility to act now before the overwhelming public health, environmental, climate and economic effects of plastic pollution reach the point of no return. Our solutions are not only possible—they are practical and are already being implemented in cities and states across the country, including in my home state of New Mexico.”

It’s estimated that around 92% of plastic waste is never recycled.

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Comments (5)

  • I tend towards common sense and I have yet to understand the why behind plastic water bottles. I really wish reused glass would make a comeback.

      6 months ago
  • I am certainly making a conscious effort not to use plastic bags at the supermarket for my loose fruit and veg. It's not always so easy though.

      6 months ago
  • Is it safe to drink from a single use plastic water bottle ?

    Are the contents safe ?

    Would polycarbonate water bottles be a better option ?

    Dihydrogen monoxide parody

    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    "Dihydrogen monoxide" and "DHMO" redirect here. For the H2O molecule, see Properties of water. For the Dental Health Maintenance Organization, see Dental insurance § Dental Health Maintenance Organization (DHMO).

    Dihydrogen monoxide is a name for the water molecule, which is composed of two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom.

    The dihydrogen monoxide parody involves calling water by an unfamiliar chemical name – most often "dihydrogen monoxide" (DHMO) but also "dihydrogen oxide", "hydroxyl acid" or "hydroxylic acid" – and listing some of water's well-known effects in a particularly alarming manner, such as accelerating corrosion and causing suffocation. The parody often calls for dihydrogen monoxide to be banned, regulated, or labeled as dangerous. It demonstrates how a lack of scientific literacy and an exaggerated analysis can lead to misplaced fears.

    Contents

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    History

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    Molecular terminology and naming conventions

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    Public efforts involving the DHMO parody

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    See also

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    External links

    History[edit]

    A 1983 April Fools' Day edition of the Durand Express, a weekly newspaper in Durand, Michigan, reported that "dihydrogen oxide" had been found in the city's water pipes, and warned that it was fatal if inhaled, and could produce blistering vapors.[1] The first appearance of the parody on the Internet was attributed by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette to the "Coalition to Ban Dihydrogen Monoxide",[2][3] a parody organization at UC Santa Cruz following on-campus postings and newsgroup discussions in 1990.[4]

    This new version of the parody was created by housemates while attending the University of California, Santa Cruz, in 1989–1990,[2][4][better source needed] revised by Craig Jackson in 1994,[2] and brought to widespread public attention in 1997 when Nathan Zohner, a 14-year-old student, gathered petitions to ban "DHMO" as the basis of his science project, titled "How Gullible Are We?"[5]

    Jackson's original site included the following warning:[6]

    Dihydrogen monoxide:

    is also known as hydroxyl acid, and is the major component of acid rain.

    contributes to the "greenhouse effect".

    may cause severe burns.

    contributes to the erosion of our natural landscape.

    accelerates corrosion and rusting of many metals.

    may cause electrical failures and decreased effectiveness of automobile brakes.

    has been found in excised tumours of terminal cancer patients.

    Despite the danger, dihydrogen monoxide is often used:

    as an industrial solvent and coolant.

    in nuclear power plants.

    in the production of styrofoam.

    as a fire retardant.

    in many forms of cruel animal research.

    in the distribution of pesticides. Even after washing, produce remains contaminated by this chemical.

    as an additive in certain "junk-foods" and other food products.

    A mock material safety data sheet has also been created for H2O.

    Thanks Wiki.

      6 months ago
  • I'm going to apologise in advance, but I'm sorry, from a medical point of view, single use plastics saves lives.

    The question could be asked :

    " Is there a safe, hygienic and convenient way to transport and distribute properly and hygienically treated water, and by that I mean chlorinated, and pathogen , parasite and other forms of potentially pathogenic organism free Dihydrogen Monoxide ( H20 ) ( Water. ) ? "

    But, I hear you say, we have paid a fortune to have the municipal water supply treated with all the appropriate chemicals, and various types of bright lights .

    Surely the water that flows from the faucet in the hose must be safe to drink ?

    Well, here's a question ?

    What if there is a leak in the plumbing between the water treatment facility, and your new house ?

    Sure you might be living in a new house, in a new housing estate, but , how old is the rest of the municipal supply system ?

    And what if the laboratory technician who works at the water treatment facility, makes a mistake, and doesn't do his/ her job properly ?

    What if the technicians parents bribed the academics at the Uni to get their kid through an Associate Diploma in Microbiological Laboratory Techniques ?

    Of course the same thing could happen to the water supply at the single use plastic bottling facility.

    So how do you know if your water supply is safe to drink ?

    Do you have a full microbiological laboratory in your home ?

    One suggestion would be to stock up on Puritabs, packaged in single use plastics.

    Because we only have to go back 3 generations, and we were drinking water caught off of a galvanised steel roof, in a galvanised steel water tank, which also probably contained bird, bat, lizard, and possum poop, and their intestinal parasites, and the bacteria and viruses that lived upon them.

    And by the way, when you mine for zinc in Australia, you get lead, so most of the old Australian houses have a lead lining in their old water tanks, and on their old roofs.

    Multiuse polycarbonate is adequately chemically inert, and is suitable for use as a water bottle.

    Hard plastic multiple use Melamine on the other hand, should have been correctly labelled years ago , with it's full name " Melamine Formaldehyde ". I'm not sure that I would want to put hot food into a bowl made from a formaldehyde derivative, and then present it to my kids.

    Single use microwavable frozen tv dinner trays are a major improvement on the old aluminium tv dinner drays, which were expensive to manufacture.

    Before electrically insulated plastic outer cases for power tools came along, power tools had quite expensive cast aluminium cases, and when the device shorted out, somebody got electrocuted.

    Single use plastic vacuum packaging reduces total meat spoilage by a few % .

    Applied globally that reduced spoilage means a lot less starving people.

    Cling wrap, wraps our leftovers at home, and when combined with the refrigerator inner liner , reduces food wastage by reducing spoilage.

    Plastic bumpers on cars reduce the severity of an injury, in the end of a collision with a pedestrian, compared with the old chrome plated steel bumpers.

    There is no such thing as the good old days.

    Single use medical consumables arrive at the medical practice, hygienically wrapped in single use plastic.

    I don't think anyone who has studied tertiary level microbiology would want to go back to boiling and re using surgical instruments , and bandages in a copper in the laundry of a hospital.

    Poly plastic water tanks are made by burning 1/200th of the coal that is burnt to make a galvanised steel water tank.

    A Similar % figure applies when comparing older galvanised steel piping with new UV stabilised PVC piping.

    Ever wondered what electrical wiring insulation was made from before plastic was invented ? It was woven fabric, and it wasn't cheap.

    Toilet seats , and single use hygienic toilet seat plastic covers, are a big improvement on the old wooden ones, which gave you splinters.

      6 months ago
  • finally feeling the struggle after Asian countries banned garbage import?

      6 months ago
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