Report puts cost of ocean plastic cleanup at $5 billion

Posted on October 5, 2015 by DrRossH in Plastic Limiting Regulations, Plastic Waste News

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That there are literally tons of plastic in the world’s oceans is hardly new information, especially to the plastics industry. But now there is finally an in-depth examination of where it originates and how it ends up in the water — and an actionable plan to stop the flow of plastic trash into the oceans by 2035.

Glad to see there is some serious talk about this problem. This a problem we all have, whether we live on the ocean edge or far inland. There are a number of products that need to be banned (or charged for which essentially leads to the same result of a drastic reduction in their use). Getting plastic bags out of the consumers hand would be a great start for that one very problematic item.
It is somewhat ironic that Coke is having a say in this when the bottles they make are one of the most littered plastic items and they know it. A simple step by Coke to support a container deposit scheme would reduce their littered bottles by approx 400%. Why don’t they support this if they are being involved in the problem above. They expect every one else to pay for the litter clean up of their products is why. They want councils and volunteer groups to foot the bill to clean them up. Studies from states side by side show that with the imposition of a CDS that the amount of product consumed is no different, so why do companies like Coke spend large amounts of money fight something that will benefit the whole world?
We need these companies who make disposable plastic items to become responsible for their products.