Originally Posted by Lake-Effect
There are a number of ways that most plastic waste could be reused, or even just disposed-of responsibly. The main problem remains collection and handling.
Agree. That's why there need to be real life incentives other then mere propaganda, pleadings or threats.
One way is to monetize the true costs of disposal/recycling/damage to environment
into the price
of plastic at retail level. Can be in the form of stiff deposits. High enough for the consumers to either bring the stuff back to collection points or not to use in the first place. It always amazes me that most plastic containers are not subjected to any deposit requirement. From engine
oil/antifreeze containers down to the tiny pill bottles or individual 4oz yogurt containers.
Make the minimum deposit $1 on EVERY plastic container (more where appropriate for the stated goals) and you'll see collection and recycling skyrocket together with corresponding clean up of our streets, parks and outside in general. Plus a lot of low income
or just enterpreneural people could supplement their incomes by collecting plastic containers discarded by their more careless or financially less responsible neighbors.
May be a bit painful at first but in short time we will all enjoy the results. This is one area (along with public safety
, fire fighting and public health) where state action would be beneficial to no action.