Five Steps to Tackle the Plastic Crisis

By StartUp City | Thursday, October 15, 2020

Current measures to curb the use of plastics look to reduce the number of plastics being leaked into marine, terrestrial, and freshwater ecosystems. However, this just does not cut it

FREMONT, CA: Plastic has been a significant concern for environmentalists and policymakers for ages. The fight against plastics has increased even more with the common public now becoming increasingly aware of the harmful effects of plastic. However, a large part of the population continues to use plastics in their day to day life. Current measures to curb the use of plastics look to reduce the number of plastics being leaked into marine, terrestrial, and freshwater ecosystems. However, this just does not cut it. The problem of plastics will continue as long as some fundamental changes are made. In order to slow down and eventually reverse the effects of plastics on the planet, governments will need to make some systemic changes.

Ban the Export of Plastic Waste

A significant amount of plastic goes un-recycled. Then there is the problem of hard to recycle plastics that end up in illegal factories, or local environments, and eventually the oceans. Even the plastics that do get thrown away need to be processed and treated for a safe release into any environment.

Minimize Consumption and One-way Use

Governments need to adopt a policy of zero plastic waste to landfills. This is going to become a priority for the development of a circular economy for plastics. At the same time, the use of plastics on a daily basis needs to be minimized, mainly one-way plastics. This can be achieved through extensive return schemes for containers and single-use beverages.

Producer Responsibility

Whatever rules apply to the users should also apply to the producers. The polluter should pay the principle of the losses. Large volumes of plastic packaging should be charged with ambitious extended producer responsibility fees. Similarly, the use of recycled plastics should also bring about some tax deductions. Such policies will bring about a change in the approach of the producers. Eco-modulated fees also take into account product design criteria relating to their end-of-life use and environmental impacts such as toxicity, durability, reusability, reparability, and recyclability/compostability.

Current measures to curb the use of plastics look to reduce the number of plastics being leaked into marine, terrestrial, and freshwater ecosystems. However, this just does not cut it

Fremont, CA: Plastic has been a significant concern for environmentalists and policymakers for ages. The fight against plastics has increased even more with the common public now becoming increasingly aware of the harmful effects of plastic. However, a large part of the population continues to use plastics in their day to day life. Current measures to curb the use of plastics look to reduce the number of plastics being leaked into marine, terrestrial, and freshwater ecosystems. However, this just does not cut it. The problem of plastics will continue as long as some fundamental changes are made. In order to slow down and eventually reverse the effects of plastics on the planet, governments will need to make some systemic changes.

Ban the Export of Plastic Waste

A significant amount of plastic goes un-recycled. Then there is the problem of hard to recycle plastics that end up in illegal factories, or local environments, and eventually the oceans. Even the plastics that do get thrown away need to be processed and treated for a safe release into any environment.

Top 15 BioTech Startups - 2019Minimize Consumption and One-way Use

Governments need to adopt a policy of zero plastic waste to landfills. This is going to become a priority for the development of a circular economy for plastics. At the same time, the use of plastics on a daily basis needs to be minimized, mainly one-way plastics. This can be achieved through extensive return schemes for containers and single-use beverages.

Producer Responsibility

Whatever rules apply to the users should also apply to the producers. The polluter should pay the principle of the losses. Large volumes of plastic packaging should be charged with ambitious extended producer responsibility fees. Similarly, the use of recycled plastics should also bring about some tax deductions. Such policies will bring about a change in the approach of the producers. Eco-modulated fees also take into account product design criteria relating to their end-of-life use and environmental impacts such as toxicity, durability, reusability, reparability, and recyclability/compostability.

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