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LETTER: Thinking outside the (plastic) box

Plastic doesn’t belong on the beach.
Plastic doesn’t belong on the beach. - Shutterstock

First, I am no expert in recycling but it is possible to recycle and reuse and reduce volumes of plastic for possible better use? Let’s explore some ideas and think outside of the box. We can do better.

Instead of cedar wood fences, posts and retaining walls made from trees, could we not recycle discarded plastic to make hard, sturdy plastic fences, etc. that will last indefinitely instead of Band-Aid approaches for companies to make money down the road by returning customers? That idea is better than cutting down trees to replace a leaning or rotting fence that is not cheap to fix.

It’s a vicious cycle of cutting down trees and repeating the same because of poor quality work. A no-brainer — even if it is pressure treated or stained — is that wood exposed to wet soil will rot and attract pest bugs like pillbox or sow bugs that act like cousins of termites to cause destruction.

How many trees could you save by trying this idea?

We need to stop the disposable society that is harming our planet.

So, why not recycle landfills of plastic into better uses than to ship it abroad to embarrass us as hypocrites or fill our dumpsters. Perhaps plastic could be recycled to make “hard plastic” sheathes for cellular phones, artificial landscape rocks, etc.

Those companies who shipped plastic to global markets that had other junk in it like diapers, etc., should be heavily fined and incarcerated — no excuses.

How many slam Canada for our failed environmental policies and waste? Perhaps you could make hard, compressed plastic with fire retardants into roof shingles or other possibilities?

We need to stop the disposable society that is harming our planet. Can recycled plastic not be used to make tool boxes, fishing tackle boxes, snow shovels, door mats, etc.?

To those who recycle plastics for reusable commodities, thank you. Now it’s time we go after industry giants as well.

There has to be a better way than to fill oceans and landfills with out-of-sight-out-of-mind ideas about trash that harms fish and wildlife.

 It’s far time we use our noodles.

Wake up world, global warming is a reality and we are our own worst enemies.

Kerwin Maude,
Pitt Meadows, B.C.


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