Plastic Bottles Are Destroying The Environment
The transition from glass bottles to plastic was a horrible mistake. Millions, if not billions, of plastic bottles are now filling up our landfills.
We now use plastic bottles for pop, water, juice, milk and many others. These plastic bottles take literally forever to break down. They will remain "intact" within our landfills, long after our grandchildren are dead and gone.
Nobody bothers to recycle them, they simply get thrown in the trash. Even worse they are strewn all along our roads and highways. What an environmental tragedy!
Some states likeIowaandMichiganhave enacted laws to encourage recycling of pop bottles and cans. They require a deposit of 5 or 10 cents on each pop bottle or can. When you return the cans or bottles to the store you are refunded this deposit.
These type of deposit programs do help some but not near enough. They only apply the mandatory deposit to pop and beer cans and plastic bottles. This does nothing to keep plastic water and juice bottles out of the landfills, or along roads and highways.
States that require a bottle or can deposit need to expand it to include all plastic bottles. This is the only way to ensure the reduction of litter along roadways, as well as the landfill problem. Not many people want to throw away dimes or nickels these days.
As a former resident ofIowaI can tell you that these programs work. Sure there are still the very few that are dumb enough to throw away the nickel. That doesn't mean they are not found.
Many people hit the ditches along roads and highways, looking for discarded bottles and cans that are refundable. I did it often. Not only is it great exercise, it helps the environment and is quite profitable.
I once walked a mile on the highway in front of my home, actually retrieving over $40 worth of cans and bottles. Not a bad little walk!
As a home gardener I am always conscientious about the environment. I would like to see all states adopt a bottle deposit. One that covers all plastic bottles. What a great way that would be to start healing the environment!
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