42 thoughts on “Should Plastic Producers Pay for Recycling?

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  4. Absolutely they should pay at least a portion of the cost. Otherwise there is zero incentive for them to ever innovate and make changes to more sustainable packaging!

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  7. What I don’t get is if producers pay more for what they produce, is there any reason to think they won’t pass that cost on to us?

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  9. I would agree with those who say that if it cannot be returned efficiently to where it came then it should not be produced. This would encourage less consumption, which is a major source of all pollution, not just plastic. This method should be applied to all products that are produced, from airplanes to plastic forks, complexity should not matter. The manufacturers should pay for it instead of dumping the costs elsewhere to make more profits, but this is reactive. The pro-active stance would be to make items that can be returned to their original state or reused.

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  11. Nuclear energy is the solution to the global energy, pollution and climate crisis. It's greener, more effective and efficient, and cheaper than even renewable energy sources. Michael Shellenberger is a good place to start to learn more.

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  13. If you go into the super market you hardly can buy anything without the dam plastic. I now take my own cotton bread bag to buy bread. And my cheese I buy directly from a farmer and take my washable container to put it in. But when the only aubergine in the store comes in a very tight plastic I wonder…Does the farmer or seller of this vegetable get money, to put it in such a annoying piece of plastic?
    So, Yes this is a very good idea!

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  16. Story of stuff and others should know that recycling of plastics has been found to be a major source of microplastic in our environment. Recycling plastic is a farce. We should be calling for a complete ban on oil based plastics and to incentivise non endocrine disrupting bioplastic. Plastic production and incineration produces 50 x the carbon emissions of coal in the US and at least twice that of aviation. Plastic production and incineration is a main driver of climate change. Thunberg's focus on coal and aviation works to distract the world from the main drivers of climate change: plastic and IT to promote recycling of plastics still supports the oils giants

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  18. Yes, the manufacturers of plastics should definitely foot the bill for recycling. There are so many new organic materials that can be used to replace plastics if the plastic makers would simply invest in them.

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  20. Producers should definitely pay for their detritus., Recyclng has to be the way to go, but ultimately aim at using non-plastics even if their profits/bonuses decrease to a less stratospheric


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  24. You can arrest all the junkies and dope users you want but, if you don't get the suppliers it will never stop. The same applies here. You have to get to the source of the issue or your just spinning your wheels. Of course they have to be help responsible. Until we put pressure on them why would they change. They are making millions of dollars and are not held responsible for the consequences to our earth. Time to put an end to this.

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  26. You should encourage the people to control their own destiny and encourage them not to buy products that contain or are packaged with plastic. The people who use plastic are the ones that are damaging the planet.

    As long as there is a demand, the manufacturers will continue to make the plastic or any other product, even if the subsidies drop out or if they are taxed/fines. Manufacturing plastic is a very small portion of the use of petroleum.

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  29. Anything that you can make from Hydrocarbons in oil can just as easily be made from carbohydrates in vegetable crops like Hemp.

    The oil companies must pay for all their externalities , pollution of our air ,water ,land and poisoning of our bodies ,all the cancers that these chemicals ultimately cause !

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  32. Plastic needs to be expensive to produce and this means taxing the producer and making them responsible for it cradle to grave. Those who use plastic for packaging should also pay heavily.

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  34. I'm all for actions to make the world a better place, but i think i need more information, what is to stop the cost being passed on to the consumers (tax payers)? I tend to agree with another comment about turning the tap off, rather than scooping water from the over flowing bath with a tea spoon. Also, we need to start putting some of this atmospheric carbon back into the earth by farming regeneratively.

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  36. This narrator is terrible. Her pronunciation is garbled so badly that I cannot understand a single phrase or sentence. She may be perfectly good at many things, but not public speaking. Get rid of her!

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  38. EPR for the win. Absolutely they should be responsible. They caused this problem by switching to plastic in the first place. If it's still cheaper to use when they have to include the cost of recycling that's fine and if not they can go back to less polluting options.

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  41. The manufactures should pay. I've stopped buying single use items and buy bigger but it is still plastic. Why are our vegetables in plastic?!?!? Enough already.

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  43. I don't think any of this EPR happening in Europe. We are invaded by useless and totally avoidable plastic. Could you provide some source that it is actually happening?

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  45. Yes, we should find ways to package stuff with something that decomposes! Yes, it was all about trying to maximize use of oil by products…and making $$

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  48. They should put almost everything into a recyclable container. Glass, aluminium, wood were used for many years and it is time to go back to them. Plastics really haven't been around all that long. But look at how much pollution there is because of it! It's huge! The manufacturers know this. They are just using plastic because they make more profit using it. They have known about the pollution for years and haven't stopped using plastic. Yes, they need to pay for clean up.

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  50. Yes! Time to stop allowing manufacturers to externalize costs of disposal. And please, let's all learn to take more of our business to companies that minimize plastic packaging. We are all in this together.

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  52. Maybe if they paid this recycling cost they would find cleaner solutions to avoid spending that much money. So, yes, they should do it!

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  54. Consumers are most definitely responsible as well, though, especially when we buy totally unnecessary products like bottled water.
    Another factor, not mentioned here, is that part of the reason for switching from glass to plastic is to save fuel for transformation. So when we stop using plastic, we must replace it with something else that is light and sturdy.
    None of this is simple.

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  56. We LOVE this idea so forking much!!! It's time to put the responsibility squarely on those CAUSING the problem. Thank you for putting this video together & championing this movement. We're sharing with our communities too! xoxo

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  58. We need to get the suppliers to make all plastics returnable and reusable and the same grade. Not sure the grades of plastic, but I know 1 & 2 & 3 are flimsy and gives off sediments in the H2O. I use a plastic cup from a blender we used to use, and have for several years. It is marked as being a # 7. Back in the day when glass was used it was/is breakable and so cannot be used. We need to use something, This works for me. We really appreciate Chinese food in this household, and get that in plastic tubes with a plastic lid. We generally keep these for re-use to put foods in the freezer. Maybe if these containers were a little thicker, we could bring them back for a refill, or an exchange at the store. Perhaps we can change the way plastic suppliers manufacture without putting them out of business. On occasion when grocery shopping we forget our re-usable bags and are forced to pay 3-5 cents for a bag, I made the mistake and I should pay, but that money (at least in part) should pay for an initiative imposed by the government to make some real meaningful change re: clean-up/climate change issues,.

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  60. Those who cut trees must replant them and can't cut new ones until the replanted are grown. Those who oil spill must handle cleaning until it is clean as it was before. Those who produce plastic handle their fair share of recycling.

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  62. I agree with these suggestions. The manufacturers are responsible for the production of plastic and should be forced to pay to clean it up.

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  64. Price on pollution. That's our motto at Citizens Climate Lobby. The market is a powerful, efficient tool. It is what brings us to where we are, and it can be very useful in moving us in a better direction.

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  66. I have been saying this for years as the politicians enlist the public to recycle or else like it's their fault ffs! They even have garbage Nazi's! Why the hell should I recycle when business and politicians do nothing about the problem? Open a new pack of popular razors, or flashlights or something else they don't want stolen. The plastic involved in these packages is madness. The packing is their choice and it should be their solution. Politicians talk about global warming like the oceans aren't dangerously polluted with plastic and this pollution for the most part is ignored because it won't make them money. Politicians are just as much to blame because a great many of them are members of the revolving doors of business patronage and look the other way because of lobbyists money and influence. It's all a big scam and you don't need a degree from Harvard to see it with your own eyes.

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  68. I am a EU citizen paying a lot for recycling of packaging materials since 2 decades, that mean taxes/fees that producers of plastic have to pay and just forward to the consumer. I am sorry to say that this video is very perceptive, blaming the government and the industry for the plastic waste. Yes, you are right that if it is cheaper to produce new plastic than recycle old, this will not force the industry into recycling. But the main problem are the consumers who buy all that plastic wrapped stuff. Changes are just happening in my country after about 20 year of putting fees and deposits on plastic bottles with the effect that more consumers buy to one-way plastic bottles instead of reusable bottles. Now, consumers start to bring their shopping-bags to the supermarket, because plastic bags will be banned in the near future. Just like my grandma. More fruits and vegetables are sold at supermarkets without packaging by weight. Even customers bring nets for veggies to avoid using the store provided small plastic bags. Only the consumer attitude makes a change. I would like the young "to-go" generation abandon their plastic water bottles or throwaway coffee cups to-go. My message: you will not dehydrate or be decaffeinated, but you will save your planet from millions of tons of plastic waste. Don't buy plastic wrapped goods. Leave the wraps at the store. And more challenging, don't buy online go out and meet people avoid plastic packaging. At the end the consumer has to change its habits anyway, forced by the government or apply his/her own force. Alternatively, pay for the recycling. I hope this was provocatively challenging.

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  70. Maybe if they had to pay for the cost of recycling, they'd re-use a lot of the containers. But overall, yes, they should pay for what they produce.

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  72. Great video! In my part of the world (Aotearoa New Zealand) we call EPR 'Product Stewardship', and as far as I know it's more or less the same thing.

    Coupled with other forms of regulation, EPR or Product Stewardship has the potential to transform resource recovery systems, radically reduce waste and carbon emissions. For example, manufacturers could be required to meet minimum reuse, recycling or repair targets, which drives innovative sustainable product design. For things like packaging, this could actually shift the economics from cheap plastics (whose costs are externalised to the taxpayer and environment, as mentioned in the video) towards reuse systems like glass washing/sterilisation infrastructure. So much potential!

    Anyway, this is nothing Story of Stuff doesn't already know 😉

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  74. Recycling of all possible materials is needed. While some say just go back to glass bottles, this will just change the source of pollution when the bottles are washed and dried, this takes a lot of water, cleaning agents, disinfectants and heat. Some glass bottles or jars are not recycled and colored glass often cannot find a place. What about paper? Kraft paper is made with a lot of water and chemicals not to mention the amount of energy required to cut down trees, transport the wood and chip it up. Deposits on soda and beer cans need to be extended nationwide to help with their recycle rates. Non-carbonated beverages in plastic bottles generally do not have deposits. How often do you see folks coming out of the stores with cases of these? Deposits would help. But in the end, people need to pay attention to what and how they are using everything manufactured or grown. Tons of wet garbage, not containing meat products are trashed every day. Improved composting systems would help. So there are many problems, including plastics products, that need solutions to their use and impact on us all. Yes it cost money to do all these things but everyone or company has a role to play.

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