Challenges

Proof-of-Plastic-Responsibility

In Japan, there's a Proof-of-Parking law, which means you can't own a car unless you have the parking space for it. I think it's a great expression as a law, that tells the car user that ownership comes with a responsibility for a resource that your ownership will draw on (in this case, space).

 

What if it were the same for materials? Specifically now because its impact is quite urgent - single-use plastics? What if the use of plastics had to be authorized? And could only be used if you - a manufacturer, local government, or even household - can show proof that you have an environmentally-friendly way to dispose of or lengthen the life of that single-use plastic. 

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How can this be improved?
Idoia Letona Castrillo
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  • I think this could work for manufacturers, as it would ensure that if there is no sustainable way to reuse/recover/recycle they will need to find a way to make it sustainable, as for example using another material.
    However, investment in technology and innovation is needed at this point.
    In the case of Local Goverments, I think it is dificult to ensure what citizens use... as they are free to buy what is in the market. But it is in the Goverment's hand to establish policies for green products, facilitating the acquisition of them, as well as growing consciousnees among the citizens.
    Incentivising the use of "sustainable" packaging could work, or penalising the use of not environmentally friendly packaging.
    For instance in Catalunya the price of sugary drinks was increased (for health matters) and as a consequence the consumption has decreased a lot! This is an example that this kind of taxes work :)

    How can this be improved?
    Claude Dewerse
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  • Or ensure all plastic manufacturers pay into a fund that will manage plastic waste once it has been used - similar to the Waste Electrical and Electronic Directive here in Europe.