Trash is killing our ocean wildlife

The Mercury (Pottstown, PA) - - NEWS - — Sophia Lewis Pottstown

Last month, a six-ton, 33-foot-long sperm whale washed up on the shore of Spain af­ter dy­ing from the 64 pounds of plas­tic found in its in­testines, in­clud­ing bags, nets, ropes and food con­tain­ers. This is just one of many ex­am­ples of how our waste is killing our wildlife.

By ban­ning un­nec­es­sary items like sty­ro­foam cups and take­out con­tain­ers, we can greatly re­duce the amount of plas­tic waste in our en­vi­ron­ment. Mo­men­tum for ban­ning dan­ger­ous plas­tics is al­ready build­ing. Over 200 cities and mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties have banned poly­styrene con­tain­ers and it is be­ing dis­cussed more and more by lo­cal and state leg­is­la­tors.

Even ma­jor chain restau­rants such as McDon­ald’s and Dunkin’ Donuts have agreed to phase out their use of foam cups and con­tain­ers.

How any­one can jus­tify sin­gle use plas­tics af­ter see­ing how it harms our wildlife is be­yond me. By end­ing the use of harm­ful poly­styrene in Penn­syl­va­nia can help us pro­tect our oceans, lakes and rivers and the wildlife that in­habit them.

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