Dear Editor:

We are all hearing about the amount of plastic in our oceans and landfills.

I, for one, have been very careful about recycling, and did not realize that after all my work to ready the plastic for recycling it was just being thrown into the dump or the ocean.

I understood that the countries that were buying our plastic waste were doing so to produce items made from waste and create industry for their people.

I had no idea it was being dumped in the ocean.

My point though is why not recycle the plastic here?

We are paying a carbon tax to the federal government which they pay back to us, it just doesn’t make any sense.

Why not use that money to build recycling plants here?

I expect they would not be profitable, but would get our own plastic and other waste cleaned up.

The expense to the government to collect and then redistribute the carbon tax money couldn’t cost any less.

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