Many of us do not have the luxury of extra time to clean the beaches, join environmental organizations, or be part of conservation and rehabilitation efforts. However, there are many Americans who are dedicated to recycling as many materials as possible every day. Good deed for the day… check. Unfortunately, there are a number of people residing in different municipalities who are not aware of some recycling facts - like those mentioned above - regarding the challenges of recycling various materials.
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The move to ban the use of plastic bags has long been debated by environmentally-concerned citizens, governments, and plastics manufacturers, especially in the US. The environmental impacts of plastic bags cannot simply be discounted. According to the US National Park Service, it can take anywhere from ten to twenty years for plastic bags to break down in the environment. In the decade or two that it takes for plastic to break down, they take up space in already-crowded landfills, pollute waterways, and pose threats to local wildlife. Some companies that specialize in selling re-usable, environmental-friendly bags such as The Enviro-Pros and EnviroSax, claim that 380 billion plastic bags are used in the United States every year, with an estimated 12 million barrels of oil drilled to make them. What’s more is that only 1 to 2% of plastic bags are actually being recycled according to the Clean Air Council.
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Posted by Arabesque Said on Nov 6, 2012 1:52:00 PMMORE
On June 27, 2012, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill (SB) 1018, which contains the necessary statutory and technical changes to implement the Budget Act of 2012 related to resources (leginfo.ca.gov). As part of SB 1018, the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) Environmental Assessor Program was officially disbanded. In their words, the program was identified as being “unnecessary, unenforceable, and largely duplicative."