The Pros and Cons of Plastic Use

2736 words 11 pages
Sandra Lawson
English 101
Jen Heckler
15March2013
To Use or Not to Use Plastic Grocery Bags an d Plastic Drinking Bottles.
Most people if asked would say that they want to do the correct thing when it comes to their plastic waste. Every day the human race throws out millions of pounds of toxic waste in the form of plastic drink bottles and plastic grocery bags, for the most part, we do not do this maliciously; most people just do not know where to dispose of it other than the wastebaskets especially, when not at home. As a human race, we need to come up with a solution that will not only encourage the recycling of all plastics but also, reward the people that are willing to look for new ideas and products that will work as well if
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Todd Johnson, at About Dot Come writes. “The plastic recycling process is fraught with flaws. Some of the dyes used in creating the plastic can be contaminated and cause an entire batch of potential recycling material to be scrapped. Additionally there are still a large percentage of people who refuse to recycle, thus the actual numbers of plastics being returned for reuse is roughly 10% of what is purchased as new by consumers.” (Johnson, ND) The town that I live in has just in the last year allowed us to start recycling aluminum foil and plastic bags, however they don’t allow Styrofoam to be added to the recycle bin. According to Waste Management Services, they state that they are North Americas, largest recyclers. They now offer curbside pickup return by mail kits and more than 30 drop off locations for their customer’s convenience. This is a copy of the list of plastic items, which cannot be recycled. “NO Styrofoam take-out containers, Styrofoam, packing peanuts, Styrofoam cups , Plastic caps or lids (under 3 inches), Plastic plates or utensils, Plastic clothes hangers, Empty motor oil or anti-freeze containers, Empty prescription vials, Candy wrappers or chip bags, and Ziploc bags”. This is the list of plastics that are not to be put into the recycle bins provided to the customer’s for Allied Waste site for the city of Kent. (Allied) We need to increase

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