The United States of America is affected by the change that has taken place in the amount of plastic waste that China is accepting from other countries since there has been an increase in the number of plastic bottles being used now that water is being bottled and more food is being packaged for persons who work and have no time to cook for themselves.
Shipments of plastic waste to China is down and this is affecting the plastic waste industry in the US. The US recycling companies are searching for new buyers for plastic waste.
Plastic Ban and Tax
There is a growing movement to heavily tax or ban single-use plastic bags across the United States and in other parts of the world. Banning and taxing plastic bag use is becoming more popular in many states across the US.
The extra money raised because of the tax on plastic use can be used to pay persons to collect plastic waste and keep it out of the drains and the oceans. Job creation is good for every country at this time and this could be seen as a win win situation as governments do more to protect the environment and provide employment for the unemployed at the same time.
Dealing With Plastic Waste
This might be the best way for us to deal with the plastic pollution problem. Asking persons to be more responsible in the way they treat the environment has not been working and putting an end to the problem at this time is very important for our health and well being.
If recycling of plastic comes to an end this would have a terrible impact on the environment, because burning plastic is bad for air quality and the amount of plastic that is in the ocean now, is way too much. There are islands of plastic waste in some places.
The Chinese are using more plastic as more persons are working far from home and they are ordering their meals. There are young men who are delivering meals in plastic containers, because of this there is a lot more plastic in the Chinese landfills and they cannot afford to take plastic waste from other countries at this time.
The toxins that are produced when plastic is burned has leaked into their drinking water and it has affected the health of some Chinese residents. They know they need to do more to protect the environment and their health.
However, there are not a lot of persons who are willing to take reusable containers with food to work or use biodegradable containers when they are selling food it seems.
China has now declared a war on waste, but if there is no plan to reuse waste a lot more as we all move towards implementing the zero waste plan. Nothing will change, even though the Chinese government is worried about the situation.
Another plan that could help to create jobs for poor persons could be paying for plastic bottles that are discarded on landfills. However, a company might start paying persons to place plastic waste in special machines and there might be nothing to be collected by rubbish pickers and the companies that does recycling will get plastic waste from the machines instead.
Problems with Recycling
The persons who live in the cities have always sent their waste to the country side and now the persons in the country side are not able to handle the toxins in the environment anymore and there are some persons in the rural areas who are refusing waste in their areas.
Dealing with the Plastic pollution Problem
Recycling could be reduced as time goes on, because it is bad for the health of the workers.
Creating biodegradable material to replace plastic is becoming a thing that is more needed every day. Using reusable containers might be another way to reduce the amount of plastic we use as well
Eating healthy is important and the food that is being sold in the plastic containers has not been as healthy as the food that is prepared in most homes and reusable containers can be used when lunch is prepared at home. It would be good if more persons could change their habits a little and do more for the environment.
There are a lot of persons who only think about earning and they don’t pay attention to their health until it is too late. The persons who discard things without thinking about where the waste goes, could stop and think about those who are dying because of toxins that gets into drinking water and the air.
Now that we know that single-use-plastic id bad for our environment and our health we need to change the way we do things in order to protect our environment, we can’t keep on making the problem worst everyday.