Scrap Collector: Time for federal action on plastic pollution?

Scrap Collector: Time for federal action on plastic pollution?
Fonte: Waste Dive
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Last month, faculty and students from UCLA School of Law abandoned perpetually sunny SoCal for the frostier temperatures of Washington, D.C. The impetus behind this somewhat questionable decision? Briefing Congress on marine plastic pollution — and possible action the federal government can take to combat the crisis.

Since Congress passed a 2015 bill to ban microbeads, there’s been little movement at the federal level to regulate plastics — but a report prepared by the Frank G. Wells Environmental Law Clinic and the Surfrider Foundation ahead of the briefing aims to shake up that stasis. One proposed step? Implementation of a nationwide fee on single-use bags (both plastic and paper) at their point-of-sale. According to the report, such policies have had a proven effect on consumer behavior in the U.S. and abroad — jurisdictions with mandatory fees have reported a 70-85% decrease in single-use plastic bag consumption.

Other recommended action items include straw-by-request legislation, a ban on all EPS foam products and establishment of a uniform EPR program for single-use plastics.

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