don’t rubbish plastic ban

by:Nanqixing     2020-03-13
The Selangor government\'s ban on polystyrene food packaging and free plastic bags has been in place for more than a week and has raised the following objections :(i)
Consumers must purchase reusable bags and containers or pay for plastic shopping bags. (ii)
Consumers have to buy plastic garbage bags in order to dispose of the garbage. (iii)
The ban will not reduce waste and pollution; and(iv)
Since plastic bags can be recycled or burned safely and cheaply, it is not necessary to prohibit or restrict the use of plastic bags.
In response to the above argument, it is necessary to point out :(i)
Reusable cotton and canvas bags and washable food and beverage containers can be used for years or even hundreds of times.
Therefore, investing in high-quality reusable items is better for human and environmental health and has long-term economic significance.
The only reason for \"free\"of-
Plastic bags and polystyrene packaging seem affordable for ordinary citizens because they don\'t know the cradle --to-
Serious environmental and economic costs of plastic waste.
According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, the number of plastic bags used in the world every year is between 550 billion and trillion, and will eventually enter the ocean.
The World Watch Institute reported that at least 267 marine wildlife are known to have suffered or died from entanglement or ingestion of plastic ocean debris.
A European Commission study on the effects of garbage on wildlife in the North Sea found that more than 90% of the bird\'s stomach examined had plastic in it.
If the consumer has to bear the cost of saving and repairing wildlife, mitigating and repairing damage caused by floods and clogging waterways, and cleaning up plastic waste, plastic packaging is not free at all and is not cheap. (
The picture shows a large piece of garbage under the sembrana Lama water house in Kota Kinabalu).
The reason why the state and the state have to impose a ban or tax on disposable plastics is to encourage and speed up behavioral changes that will not happen if we can rely on voluntary reduction of plastic bags.
Government, retailers and environmental organizations spend millions of dollars on advocacy and awareness-raising activities, but have little positive impact on people who are informed but indifferent.
The ban and cost of plastic bags is a catalyst for consumers to reduce the use of plastic bags. (ii)
Consumers often think they need free plastic bags to handle household waste.
However, most of the plastic bags offered by retailers and suppliers are light and single
Use plastic bags that are almost never reused.
In order to solve this problem, the authorities should implement a policy that only plastic bags over 20 microns are allowed to be distributed (0. 02mm)
The thickness and minimum capacity are 5 liters and a fee is charged to the consumer to ensure that these plastic bags are reused for storage or waste disposal.
Unfortunately, the current regulations and policies seem to mainly encourage the replacement of plastic bags with paper bags, allegedly \"biodegradable\" bags and cheap non-
Woven shopping bags.
These are not sustainable alternatives to the environment. Oxo-Biodegradable, oxo-
Can biological degradation of oxygenBiodegradable oxygen
Biodegradable, biodegradable plastic bags are only plastic bags containing chemical additives.
This chemical additive breaks the binding of plastic molecules and accelerates the disintegration of plastic.
These bags break down into smaller, more toxic oil over time
The polymer eventually pollutes our soil and water and enters the food chain of animals and humans.
The carbon and water footprint of paper bags is high because paper bags use more water and energy in production compared to plastic bags.
However, since they are less harmful to wildlife and less toxic to human health, they can be safely used as food packaging.
But given their high moisture and energy use and low durability, paper bags should be limited to the sale and supply of food, not as groceries or shopping bags. Non-
Woven shopping bags, commonly known as \"Recycle bin \"-
Although this is actually inaccurate
Made of polypropylene and therefore plastic, although they both look and feel like fabric.
These should be avoided because they are not durable and cannot be repaired, recycled or composted.
Tests by consumer groups also found that a large part of these bags contained lead.
Therefore, the paper bag is reiterated.
Reusable woven shopping bags and \"biodegradable\" plastic bags of most brands do not reduce the harm to the environment.
Solutions for plastic pollution and waste reduction should include banning small and light plastic bags and distributing larger and thicker plastic bags at only a small fee. Long-
The term solutions include initiatives to encourage and increase recycling and composting to reduce household waste, and, accordingly, the need for garbage bags. (iii)
With regard to the claim that this ban will not significantly reduce plastic pollution, many countries have banned plastic bags, taxes or fees, and these measures have proved successful.
Since Denmark began charging for plastic bags in 1993, the use of plastic bags has halved from about 0. 8 billion bags to 0. 4 billion bags, or only 80 bags per person per year.
The Asian channel, CNN, reported that China will save 37 million barrels of oil a year due to a ban on free plastic bags.
Considering that plastic bag bans and taxes have been successfully implemented and implemented in developed and developing countries, there is no reason to think that it is not feasible and effective in Malaysia. (v)
Although the plastic manufacturing industry claims that most plastics and polystyrene cannot be recycled.
Due to the light weight of polystyrene, low waste value, high cost of cleaning and transportation, and almost always contaminated with food, grease and other substances, it is difficult to recycle for recycling.
Some tips to help consumers remember to bring reusable shopping bags and take-out containers: 1.
Choose a lightweight and portable reusable bag that folds neatly into your handbag or backpack.
Whenever you leave the house, develop the habit of carrying them with you. 2.
If you have the habit of driving, put your shopping bag in the car. 3.
Put reusable bags at the door and you will most likely see them when you leave the house. 4.
Plan your shopping and include written reminders in your shopping list. 5.
Buy or DIY a foldable, lightweight bag that is small enough to hang on a key chain so you can carry at least one reusable bag with you.
The benefits of reducing plastic use and waste to the environment, society and human health far outweigh the initial inconvenience of having to remember reusable bags and containers.
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