Re: “Plastic waste: Prolonged producer accountability” [Dec. 3, Northwest Voices]:
The abundance of plastic in our waste is disgusting. Plastic, together with different waste, additionally destroys the panorama and pollutes our waterways. We Want “Prolonged Producer Duty” for Packaging in Washington; British Columbia, Oregon and California have already got it. Producers should grow to be financially answerable for the end-of-life prices of their merchandise.
Greenhouse fuel emissions emitted within the transport sector and heating/cooling of buildings are main causes of worldwide warming. However we neglect or do not realize that the plastic in bottles, different packaging and plastic merchandise typically comes from chemical compounds based mostly on fossil fuels. Its manufacturing requires drilling for extra oil, and the manufacturing course of generates extra emissions. We should always reuse and recycle current plastics as a substitute of beginning over and drastically decreasing our use of oil-based plastics.
Temperatures will proceed to rise it doesn’t matter what we do. However we should attempt to sluggish the rise. Nothing in need of eliminating our use of oil, fuel and coal will work.
Letter author Pam Clough is true on. We should always name our legislators (immediately or 800-562-6000) and urge them to cross prolonged producer accountability in 2024.
Lon Dickerson, Renton