Bill introduced in Congress to make manufacturers responsible for plastic waste

Bill introduced in Congress to make manufacturers responsible for plastic waste

Two Democrats introduced a bill in Congress that aims to shift costs of managing waste and recyclables from local governments, and taxpayers, that currently pay for disposal of plastics to the manufacturers. Sen. Tom Udall and Rep. Alan Lowenthal introduced a bill that would create a nationwide 10 cent bottle deposit and phase out some single-use containers. The bill is not expected to pass.

Skeptic
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Stephen
Stephen 3 months

Why is the company that makes my Tupperware responsible for what I do with it?

porcus
porcus 3 months

I support this, in general.

mantico
mantico 3 months

Good

Michael Tatom
Michael Tatom 3 months

I think it’s time that we went back to the days when we used more paper goods. We have tree farms that could suppliers many of our needs in a more ecologically friendly way without depleting forests.

Dust Phoxner
Dust Phoxner 3 months

I don't think companies that produce products that come in plastic should be responsible for what the user does with it. However sodas and other drinks should come in glass bottles better for you and it taste better.

Deadman 0_0
Deadman 0_0 3 months

Oh fuck right off. That's like blaming knife manufacturers for stabbings.

npc8472
npc8472 3 months

The idea of making a manufacturer responsible for the action of its customers is horrifying. Our economy would collapse. Aside from the idea that noone else is responsible for what you do this would set a precedent that would most definitely affect every single company that does business in America. Costs for everything would skyrocket because you know those costs would simply be passed on to the consumer...and that's a lot of costs....aside from cleanup costs it's the liability for when people do things with their products. This would be one of the worst laws ever implemented if it were to pass.

TehChuckles
TehChuckles 3 months

Are we enforcing it in China? no? well, guess it'll continue to be another regulation designed to hinder US business.

Crimson Jester
Crimson Jester 3 months

the overreach is insane

Logan
Logan 3 months

I agree with the sentiment that there should be less plastic waste and that companies should use more biodegradable materials. However, making companies responsible for what consumers waste seems like the wrong angle to go at this from. I'd rather limit the ammount of plastic packaging allowed for a product, and make them switch to other forms of packaging like paper where possible. We are capable of cleaning up the current level of plastic in our oceans, the problem is that it just keeps getting replaced by new trash. Reduce the output of waste and we increase the rate at which we can clean everything up.

michael zubas
michael zubas 3 months

Great Idea! this is a good way to help Companies think about ReInventing plactic into A more Bio Degradable product.

IIZard
IIZard 3 months

something fishy about this

Doug
Doug 3 months

EPR/Extended Producer Responsibility / cradle-to-cradle thinking.

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