With companies that deal with junk removal Orange County and across the US dealing with plastic, particularly in California, public opinion on the material and its manufacturers have gone south.
A recent survey from San Francisco’s Recology put things in perspective, with data saying that 71% of California voters support the key policies of a 2020 ballot, which will include taxing plastic manufacturers.
The ballot, The California Recycling and Plastics Pollution Act of 2020, would see a fee of up to 1% for every plastic package levied on plastic manufacturers, which, some might say could be passed on to the consumer public via higher pricing, which makes the overwhelming support even more noteworthy.
On top of that, it would also prohibit the distribution of any Styrofoam by food vendors, and mandate that all packaging be made from compostable, recyclable, or reusable materials by the time 2030 rolls around. CalRecycle would also receive additional support to help reduce plastic packaging and single-use plastic by imposing new regulations.
California Coastal Commission Commissioners Carly Hart and Linda Escalante, alongside Recology President and CEO Mike Sangiacomo were behind the act getting filed with the State Attorney General’s office. The money the fee would get would then, in turn, be poured into restoring the environment and improving the recycling infrastructure in the US.
The survey asked voters, in detail, whether or not they favor the proposal that would reduce the use of non-recyclable packaging, as well as generate funding for expanding, and maintain composting, recycling, and environmental restoration by charging plastic manufacturers a cent for every item they sell in California that has non-recyclable packaging, with 51% saying they strongly favor it, 20% saying they favor it somewhat, and 20% in opposition.
This shows a lot of support for forcing plastic manufactures to get the message and make their products as recyclable as they can, even if it comes at the risk of people having to take extra costs in retaliation.
Recology VP of Strategic Affairs Eric Potashner says that they can find a proper place for recycling rigid plastics, like those used for detergent bottles, but film plastics, like those used in bags, aren’t recyclable with current technology, meaning they either end up sitting in landfills, or being burnt, both of which hurt the environment and lead additional steps having to be taken by junk removal Orange County and others.