The world is awash in plastic. In order to create a greener future, Georgians need to understand the dangers of plastic and plastic recycling so that legislators can use that understanding to implement informed policy on plastic usage.
Georgia’s environment is being negatively impacted by plastic waste. Plastic is very difficult to recycle and only about 5% of plastic that is thrown into recycling bins is actually repurposed. And that’s just the plastic that makes it into a recycling bin.
The simplest way for us to take action is reduce our use of single use plastics.
“We humans have become so dependent on plastics for a range of uses, from packaging to products. Reducing our use of plastic bags is an easy place to start getting our addiction out of control.” – David Suzuki, Canadian scientist, author and environmental activist.
The EPA has a draft National Strategy to Prevent Plastic Pollution that aims to reduce pollution during production, improve recycling management, and prevent plastic from entering the environment.
- Recycling fact sheet from Georgia Recycling Coalition
- Reduce your shipping waste