Vir­ginia should out­law poly­styrene con­tain­ers

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - EDITORIAL PAGE -

EDITOR, TIMES-DIS­PATCH:

In April, a six-ton, 33-foot­long sperm whale washed up on the shore in Spain af­ter dy­ing from the 64 pounds of plas­tic found in its in­testines, in­clud­ing bags, nets, ropes, and food con­tain­ers. Our waste is killing our wildlife.

By ban­ning un­nec­es­sary items like plas­tic foam cups and take­out con­tain­ers, we can greatly re­duce plas­tic waste. Luck­ily, mo­men­tum for ban­ning dan­ger­ous plas­tics is build­ing. More than 200 cities and mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties have banned poly­styrene con­tain­ers. McDon­ald’s and Dunkin’ Donuts have also agreed to phase out foam cups and con­tain­ers.

Sus­tain­ing wa­ter­ways, wildlife, and pro­tec­tion from the harm of plas­tic pol­lu­tion is nec­es­sary for the sus­te­nance of our fu­ture gen­er­a­tions world­wide. Do­ing so will en­sure nat­u­ral spa­ces aren’t de­graded. I care to be part of the ef­fort to pro­tect our nat­u­ral spa­ces.

End­ing the use of harm­ful poly­styrene in Vir­ginia can help us pro­tect our oceans, lakes, and rivers and the wildlife that in­habit them. KHALIL ENDISHA. RICH­MOND.

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