Plastic containers, garbage bags, and plastic bags are a major source of landfill waste and environmental pollution in the United States, according to a new report from the American Chemistry Council.
“There is no question that plastic bags and plastic containers contribute to our landfill, and that these products create a tremendous amount of greenhouse gases,” said Tom Pritchard, CEO of the American Chemicals Council.
“In fact, the plastics industry has been linked to more than 80 environmental violations nationwide since 1998.”
Plastic containers, bags, or containers can leak methane, a greenhouse gas, from the lining and contents of the container.
They can also contribute to soil and water pollution, and can leach nutrients from plastic containers into groundwater and rivers.
A number of countries around the world have banned the use of plastic in all their containers and packaging, and have implemented environmental regulations to limit the disposal of waste in landfill.
The United States remains the only developed country in the world to have not banned or restricted the use or disposal of plastic containers, according the ATC.
In its report, the American Chemical Council highlighted how the plastics and packaging industry has developed a wide range of products and processes to reduce the environmental impact of their production.
A new type of plastic bottle and a new type to use with a foam padding to make a foam liner were among the top 10 most popular items in the plastic recycling industry.
The report also said that the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, the United Arab Emirates, Canada, and the Netherlands have banned or limited the use and disposal of their plastic waste, and will implement environmental regulations on plastic packaging in the coming years.
More than two-thirds of all plastic items are shipped through the U.S. and Canada, according Pritcht, while nearly all of the plastic bags used in the U, A, and B industries are manufactured in China.
In addition to the chemicals found in plastic packaging, the chemical composition of the plastics used in these products varies.
According to the AAC report, “about half of the total plastics used as disposable plastic is polyethylene, the most common type of non-toxic plastic.”
Polyethylene is considered the most toxic plastic and the main ingredient in plastic bags, containers, and foam padding.
In the United Nations Environment Program’s report on plastic waste in 2016, the U-Haul brand of disposable plastic bags was ranked number five in the worst-performing brands.
According to the report, plastic bags can be recycled at the end of their life in the recycling process, but in most cases, they end up in landfills.
The report found that approximately one-third of the UHaul containers in the report were being recycled.
The recycling industry is responsible for more than 10 percent of all waste generated in the country.
The AAC says that there are more than 700,000 containers in landfill in the state of California, and a growing number of cities are adopting new recycling methods.