Virginia should outlaw polystyrene containers
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.