The current system of consumer responsibility for the disposal of products is not enough. Two states have passed new laws that will extend this burden onto manufacturers – specifically. However this only applies to materials produced in America!
In 2018, U.S municipal solid waste was 82 million tons with 28% or 40+ million being containers and packaging. Unfortunately almost half (44%) is not recycled! The problem facing our planet today? Plastics in particular that make up most of this disgusting mess are the elephant in the room.
Recycling some materials, such as aluminum can be cost effective. However plastics are more expensive to recycle and generally speaking are only recycled into low value products. With this in mind the market demand does not make a compelling case for recycling because there simply isn’t enough profit to made from the end product. Instead of creating new material & products from the waste they would rather just instead send everything straight into landfills where its likely going stay forever unless you start adding financial incentives or penalties.
The recycling industry has been struggling with the problem of how to handle waste for years. The burden was originally placed on local governments, but they can’t afford it anymore and consumers have to pay a price in taxes or fees now.
The movement to hold producers accountable for the waste they generate is growing. Two new EPR laws in Oregon and Maine will take effect soon, which could save money for municipalities as well as making packaging more sustainable!
Governor Brown signed a new law today that will provide Oregon ratepayers with much more accessible and stable recycling systems. The new system also gives producers financial incentives to make their packaging sustainable, as well as funding for reuse programs in local communities!
Read the full article at: earth911.com