Jan van Franeker was asked by the journal Milieu (Society of Environmental Professionals -GVVM) to write an opinion paper his personal views on the problems of plastic waste.
Biologist Jan van Franeker was asked by the journal MILIEU (Society of Environmental Professionals -GVVM) to write an opinion paper his personal views on the problems of plastic waste. The paper is in Dutch only, but puts strong emphasis on deposit and return fees for most packaging uses of plastic to increase re-use and proper recycling. He advocates high tax-levies on packaging plastics that cannot fit in such a return system. In his view, so-called degradable or compostable plastics are mostly not degradable at all and are certainly not a solution to reduce littering as they continue the unsustainable habit of single use packaging, provide an excuse for littering, and frustrate recycling of plastics.
This article is one of a series in the journal 'MILIEU' on the same topic. The other papers are:
- Plastic eiland? De werkelijkheid is erger! (in Dutch)
Van Weenen, H. 2011 Milieu 2011-2: 6-7.
- Help plastic afval de zeeën uit (in Dutch)
Ten Wolde, A. 2012. Milieu 2012 nr 1: 8-11.