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The Plastic Problem Q&A

The following questions were asked by the audience following an online discussion of the PBS NewsHour documentary The Plastic Problem recorded 3/22/20 with Amna Nawaz, Lorna Baldwin, Lillian Power, moderated by Taylor Maddalene. These questions were answered by LabX staff.

QUESTION 1

Where does plastic tire dust come from? Are plastics part of the tire?

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QUESTION 2

Do we have another progressive step on the horizon that we might be introducing in DC?

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QUESTION 3

Have you encountered any federal or state legislation that makes a single-use plastic ban more difficult? i.e. regulations that require plastic wrapping for health and safety reasons but might in fact be outdated or unnecessary?

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QUESTION 4

The documentary touched on incineration.  Are there promising (safe) trash to energy options?

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QUESTION 5

Is there a company or group like Lorna’s that once it has reviewed these companies can rate and publish the findings?

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QUESTION 6

How effective has the large boom been that was created to help cleanup the Pacific Garbage Patch, which works by helping to corral plastics that are floating in the ocean using the boom and a net that goes down several feet into the ocean?

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QUESTION 7

I’ve heard recycling infrastructure called for a subsidy for single-use plastic manufacturers as those manufacturers are not fully internalizing the cost of this infrastructure. What percentage of recycling infrastructure is paid for by single use plastic manufacturers versus tax payers?

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QUESTION 8

The plastic pellets in the Great Lakes were pretty disturbing. Have the responsible companies been held liable in any way?

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