China ups recycling regulations, causing ripples in Hawaii
LIHUE — China wants to rehabilitate its environment, but one of the country’s primary initiatives to do so could leave pollutants piling up over much of the rest of the world, including Hawaii.
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Interesting and educational article, mahalo. We’ve been recently informed that if ones plastic refuse does not have a stamped insignia of a Triangle and a number 1 or 2 inside the Triangle then you cannot recycle it into the County recycle locations’ bins, even #6 on plastic cups are not allowed.
We were under the impression that if the throw away plastic was of the same consistency as these #1 and #2 plastics that they were OK to recycle them as well. Apparently not…!
Not sure but apparently we’ve been “contaminating” the 1 and 2 recyclables with plastics unfit for recycling, so now our landfill on KAUAI will get the added solid, thicker than paper, clear plastic wrapping that packages many products; along with styrofoam, Saran Wrap types, and plastic toys and a whole lot more kinds of plastic.
People say plastic can take thousands of years to break down, though I’ve seen plastic dolls disintegrate in a few years at the beach in the sun.
Plastic like so many other products, for example almost all medicines, food additives, pesticides, and insecticides, etc, are made from petroleum, i.e., oil; which are all carcinogenic, which means they cause cancer.
People that ingest carcinogens are at risk for cancer, including the treatment for cancer is often with the use of carcinogenic medicines.
Will wonders ever cease…?
Would shredding plastic into tiny pieces accelerate the breakdown of the plastic so that it could recycle naturally in less time, like only a thousand years instead of thousands of years…?
It’s for sure that apparently before plastic, when the world was more natural and less polluted, we just did not need plastic. Younger generations think plastic is sort of “natural”; I mean can kids today imagine drinking a bottle of water where the bottle was made of glass?
Do kids even drink water when the shelves are stacked and stocked with soda.
Interesting, glass is made from sand…you can lay down comfortably in a bathing suit on sand but you cannot lay down like that on.
Oops, meant to say, you can lay down on sand but you cannot lay down comfortably in a bathing suit on oil.
Its about time the world gets to know that China is a manipulator of worldly economics and expect others to clean up their own polluted country the same way they intend to strip mine the so called “South China Sea”, harvesting rare endangered sea life and no regard for environmental issues since all they care about it making more money.
I am a bit confused about this article.
Does this mean that we don’t really recycle our paper? We ship the paper to China, and then they burn it? Are we being told one thing: that our paper is being recycled, only in reality it is just being burned in another country and someone, ie the government is making money on our volunteer efforts?
Don’t bury it. There must be another alternative. There’s only so much room on an island. Once you have a mountain of trash you have move run-off and seepage.
Burned for electric generation was and must again be the immediate solution to ALL waste and landfill concerns that are now teetering on the brink of catastrophic disaster