Plastic pollution

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    Plastics pollution is so extensive that all the world's oceans are touched by the waste, said Seattle oceanographer Curtis Ebbesmeyer, an expert on how currents push debris around Earth and author of "Flotsametrics and the Floating World."

    It makes global warming seem easy," Ebbesmeyer said. "The whole ocean is now infected with plastic. It's impossible to get it out."

    An exquisite Mexico beach, cursed by plastic - latimes.com
     
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    Bottled water definitely set a new standard for pollution.
     
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    the sad thing is, plastic is easily recyclable. What's the problem? Apathy? Need for more recycling centers? I know that I have to drive 20 miles to get to the nearest one(I live in rural PA and our closest town does not have one).

    Now, I know that the US is not the only country that pollutes. It's a global problem.
     
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    I read about how they are experimenting making some things with vegetable oils instead of plastic. That would be great if they could eliminate most plastics.
     
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    Plastic is just oil that biodegrades slow enough so that a Prius will not fall apart in the first 60,000 miles.
     
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    Some states pay 10 cents for plastic bottles. That's incentive.

    I'd love to recycle my plastic, but I'm not going to pay someone else $30/month for the privilege.
     
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    People don't give a shit. Just like they don't give a shit about any other environmental causes. Something only smelly hippies should care about they say.

    Sad state of affairs.
     
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    I disagree. A lot of people give a shit.
    Worldwide, not enough people give a shit.
     
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    sometimes dumasses need to check their receipts. they charge you that amount before you hand over the cash. so the recycle thing is myth as far as cash extra. its a mind game to most. the only incentive is a wash personally. filters work great w/o the mind games what say you
     
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    I think that perhaps you are the dumb ass(learn to spell). So what if they add a DEPOSIT to the bottles. Think about it. If you play by the rules, you get your money back. If you choose to be an asshole and litter, someone else will.

    Fuck, if we had $.10 for every can or bottle here in PA, I'd not only play by the rules, but I'd go collecting on the roads for extra cash. That's a buck for every 10 you pick up.
     

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