LIVE: Plastics And The Fight For The Future

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Johnathan Berard

Clean Water Action Rhode Island along with multiple other environmental agencies are gathering on Monday, June 19 outside of the American Chemistry Council's (ACC) Marine Debris Solutions conference in Newport to voice their opinion on the future of plastics. 

Jonathan Berard, State Director of Clean Water Action Rhode Island, says the ACC's plastics conference presents a future path that includes incineration. 

Berard says the agencies will come together Monday, voicing their opinion that incineration is not an option and that source reduction, or reducing plastic use, is the best way moving forward for environmental and economical purposes.  

Berard says the focus needs to be on source reduction of the generation and use of plastics as disposable, single use items. 

“Plastics have overwhelmed the global system causing serious negative impacts, beyond a simple management problem,” says Berard.

 “The problem is pervasive and cannot be burned away. There is no away. Incineration is not the solution.”


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