“I just wanna say one word to you: plastics”…
If ‘merica is truly exceptional, a citizen would not be wrong in expecting the USA to immediately be able to stop the flood of plastics into our environment. It’s a man-made problem; there should be a man-made solution. Easy. Oh, wait, gobs of money are at stake. Plus, Umericans can only muster a recycling percentage of a measly 9% of our plastics. Stellar!!
Even non-exceptional China is working to stop the manufacture of one-use plastics such as plastic straws and plastic bags by 2022. According to studies, most plastics end up in waterways and the ocean — over 9 million tons per year. Gross!
Is it time for the government to subsidize thermal depolymerization plants throughout the country while enforcing mandatory recycling? Sounds serious. It is!