26 May '17, 2pm

Why plastic straws should be taxed

Why plastic straws should be taxed

A small charge has helped people move away from plastic shopping bags, so why not the same approach for straws? When waste disposal and recycling companies start speaking out about plastic straw pollution, then you know it’s a really serious problem. These companies are the only ones who could possibly benefit from excess plastic waste, but with straws, there’s no way to recycle them. Straws are used in enormous quantities (500 million a day in the United States) and all of these go to landfill, lingering for decades, probably centuries, without biodegrading. A British company called Business Waste wants people to start treating straws the same way as single-use plastic bags. It is calling for a 5-pence tax on plastic straws to discourage their use. This proposal would go a long way toward the ultimate goal of phasing out plastic drinking straws within the next few years, ...

Full article: https://www.treehugger.com/environmental-policy/why-plast...

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