Single Use Plastics are being questioned

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Take note – people are really questioning the existence of single use plastics. (SUP).

Many are saying that the convenience is not really worth it.

The list of these SUP includes, but is not limited to:

  • Plastic bags
  • Straws
  • Cutlery
  • Water bottes
  • Pop bottles
  • Coffee cups (they are line with a plastic coating)
  •  Stirrers
  • Take-out containers
  • Plastic wrap

Most of these items end up in landfills, the side of the street, parks, lakes, oceans…..

Some things are currently recyclable but the market for recyclable products, often in developing countries, are closing. Wherever these plastics go through a process to be made into another plastic form, energy is used and there are definite environmental costs.

And there is also the real concern about these products breaking down and becoming microplastics and we are ingesting them!!!

If we looked elsewhere, particularly in Europe, there is not the rate of consumption of SUP.  And in some European countries, such as the UK and France, there will be a plastic ban on many products next year.

We need to change our ways and reduce our consumption.  We need to get over liking the convenience.

Here’s a link to 10 Single Use Plastics you can quit right now

David Suzuki asks us to pledge to go zero waste and give up single use plastics.

Back at home, Richmond Hill’s Ward 4 Councillor David West will begin the process locally by putting forth a motion on May 28, 2019  to ask for a staff report to explore ways that we can accomplish less plastics use in our community. Working with the Region of York is probable. David would appreciate any support.  Consider attending the meeting (1 to 4 pm) and/or writing to the City Clerk at [email protected] before noon on May 28th.