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    Alexa Poortier

    The Trump administration has ended a six-year-old 2011 ban under the Obama administration on selling bottled water at some national parks in the USA that was aimed at easing plastic pollution and the huge amount of waste being recycled.

    To offset the elimination of water bottles for thirsty visitors, the Park Service spent millions of dollars to install water stations. Grand Canyon National Park estimated several years ago that water bottles constituted 30 percent of the 900 tons of garbage it recycled. Zion National Park estimated that its sale of reusable bottles that visitors took home skyrocketed by 78 percent once it banned bottled-water sales.

    A recent study showed that of the more than 9 billion tons of plastic produced since 1950, the vast majority is still around. Yet only 2 billion tons are actually still being used, according to the study.

    The rest is stuck as garbage in landfills and as pollution littering the land and deep oceans, where it has been discovered in the mouths of whales and the bellies of dead seabirds that mistook it for food. A small amount is eliminated in incinerators, which can produce harmful emissions, the study said. Recycling plastic bottles only delays their eventual trip to a trash container.

    We are the problem … and we are also the solution. Be empowered and REFUSE to buy single use plastic.


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