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The Cost of Plastic Waste Should Be Payed For By The Polluters, Not Taxpayers

Source: The Guardian/Geraint Davies - February 7, 2018 in Politics

The Cost of Plastic Waste Should Be Payed For By The Polluters, Not Taxpayers
Photo: Colocho/Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 2.5)

A six-year-old boy, Harrison Forsyth, provided us with a much needed wake-up call last week. He called on the boss of Aldi to protect our oceans:

“Dear boss of Aldi, I have watched this programme called Blue Planet 2 and I have seen that the plastic in the sea is making the animals sick and die.

So please can you stop using plastic that you cannot recycle?”

Young Harrison is right to be concerned: the trapped turtles, dying birds and suffocating whales in BBC’s Blue Planet II show the damage that plastic is causing to our world. Millions of tonnes of plastics enter the oceans each year and the United Nations says that if current pollution rates continue, there will be more plastic in the sea than fish by 2050 – Harrison will be just 41 years-old.

Even though plastic is destroying our oceans, big corporations are being given money to produce cheap plastic. Taxpayers pay more than 90% of the cost of recycling, while huge subsidies are placed on fossil fuels, the major building block for plastic. This is unfair: we need to take bold action now.

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