There is a lot of eco-anxiety we inflict on ourselves whenever we consciously buy single use plastic. This week, we learned about the futility of recycling. However, I value both human and nature when we think about the impacts plastic have on a large temporal and spatial scale. In light of this, I would like to propose the following as legislative structures.
· Shifting the financial burden of waste management and recycling off municipalities and taxpayers to where it belongs: the producers of this waste;
· Spurring massive investments in domestic recycling and composting infrastructure;
· Phasing out certain single-use plastic products that aren’t recyclable;
· Establishing minimum recycled content standards;
· Launching a national beverage container refund program to bolster recycling rates;
· Placing a temporary pause on new and expanding plastic facilities until the Environmental Protection Agency updates and creates vital environmental and health regulati
ons to protect frontline and peripheral communities;
In the future, I envision a reality where we as consumers do not have to experience guilt that is manufactured into the process of consumption. There was a lot of hopelessness induced in the media content this week which would limit the efforts we individually take.