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house Bill H.R. 3768

Should the National Park System Have a Plastic Use Reduction and Recycling Program?

Argument in favor

Plastic pollution is a tremendous, and dangerous, problem globally and this bill is a small step in the right direction to help reduce Americans’ plastic usage in environmentally sensitive areas like national parks.

Chickie's Opinion
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05/27/2018
Definitely! We need to take the information on how the previous program failed; improve the idea and make it work. Although, I can see this administration stopping this from happening. #45 and this administration have no sense of responsibility to the earth, air or waters.
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Mark's Opinion
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05/27/2018
The earth belongs to ALL GENERATIONS not just us! Let’s preserve it for the future The LAST thing potus should do is appoint a bunch of ANTI-ENVIRONMENT cabinet spots. Oops he already did
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Anne's Opinion
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05/27/2018
Why in the world would trump get rid of this???He is the most arrogant, narcissist asshole I have ever known!
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Argument opposed

The National Park Service’s previous implementation of a plastic bottle was fairly limited because it’s a burdensome ban. From its inception in 2011 to its lifting in 2017, only 23 NPS sites eliminated the sale of disposable plastic water bottles.

Ru12bseen's Opinion
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05/27/2018
While I’m a huge fan of eliminating the use of plastics that aren’t biodegradable, this legislation is too balky, burdensome, and unrealistic to enact effectively. There are better ways to get this done. The original legislation for this bill was a slight of hand bill meant to make it seem like something was getting done when, in reality, nothing was being done. Comprehensive environmental reform including the ban on plastic bags, plastic bottles, and the like is the path to renewal.
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05/27/2018
This is just an example of the excessive regulation of the growing bureaucracy in this nation. I love our country, but it is growing more socialistic and bureaucratic with its countless agencies, regulations, and expenditures. It needs to be up to each individual park.
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Gregory's Opinion
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05/27/2018
This is a individual person problem. As the public uses these public lands, do it with respect and personal responsibility. I was taught to carry out or throw away my trash. My son works for the Forest Service and cleans up after us. Everyday he picks trash from the ground beginning only a few feet from the trash receptacles and then scattered further away throughout our land. Recycling and trash removal begins with you. We do not need another burdensome law to further task short staffed employees and impinge on limited Forest Service Budget. Carry it in Carry it out!
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      house Committees
      National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands
      Committee on Natural Resources
    IntroducedSeptember 13th, 2017

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Title

Reducing Waste in National Parks Act

Official Title

To encourage recycling and reduction of disposable plastic bottles in units of the National Park System, and for other purposes.

Summary

Reducing Waste in National Parks Act This bill directs each regional director of a region of the National Park System (NPS) to establish a program to recycle and reduce the use of disposable plastic bottles within each NPS unit located in its region. Regional directors may eliminate the sale of water in disposable plastic bottles within their NPS units after having considered several specified factors. Where an NPS unit is not offering water for sale in disposable plastic bottles, the superintendent of the unit may continue that practice, upon submission of an evaluation of those factors. Each regional director who establishes and implements such a program shall develop for each affected NPS unit a proactive visitor education strategy to address visitor expectations of water availability and explain the rationale for the program.
    Definitely! We need to take the information on how the previous program failed; improve the idea and make it work. Although, I can see this administration stopping this from happening. #45 and this administration have no sense of responsibility to the earth, air or waters.
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    While I’m a huge fan of eliminating the use of plastics that aren’t biodegradable, this legislation is too balky, burdensome, and unrealistic to enact effectively. There are better ways to get this done. The original legislation for this bill was a slight of hand bill meant to make it seem like something was getting done when, in reality, nothing was being done. Comprehensive environmental reform including the ban on plastic bags, plastic bottles, and the like is the path to renewal.
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    The earth belongs to ALL GENERATIONS not just us! Let’s preserve it for the future The LAST thing potus should do is appoint a bunch of ANTI-ENVIRONMENT cabinet spots. Oops he already did
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    Why in the world would trump get rid of this???He is the most arrogant, narcissist asshole I have ever known!
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    The NPS must enact policies on No Sale of plastic bottles in the parks AND prohibit the disposal & littering of those containers when on sight. **In WA State, if you bring it in, you take it out.** People who enjoy the outdoors understand that it is their responsibility to treat the natural world with respect. NOTE: 10 Best Backpacking Water Filters of 2018 Sawyer Squeeze Water Filter System. ... Sawyer Mini Water Filter System. ... Aquamira Water Purifications Drops. ... Aquatabs Water Purification Tablets. ... Katadyn Hiker Pro Water Filter. ... Katadyn BeFree 3.0L. ... Platypus Gravity Works. ... LifeStraw Flex Multi-Function Water Filter System.
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    I would encourage everyone to bring their personal water containers. I can remember when I was Girl Scout, I carried my silver water container with me for hiking & filled up natural spring water. More plastic bottles ruined the nature & waters. Want to see personal silver container like I had to come back to save the environment
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    Absolutely!
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    Reducing the amount of plastics in any location is good for the long term impact on the environment. It was an extremely bad policy decision to remove the ban to begin with
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    This is just an example of the excessive regulation of the growing bureaucracy in this nation. I love our country, but it is growing more socialistic and bureaucratic with its countless agencies, regulations, and expenditures. It needs to be up to each individual park.
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    Why are you trying to destroy our environment?
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    Absolutely! Plastic pollution is a huge environmental problem, but this administration doesn’t seem to care about the environment at all. Let’s bring this country into the future, not stay in the past.
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    let''s clean up our carbon footprint. Making recycling more convenient is a good start
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    Why stop there? Isn’t the banning of plastics something the whole nation should be doing?
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    This is a individual person problem. As the public uses these public lands, do it with respect and personal responsibility. I was taught to carry out or throw away my trash. My son works for the Forest Service and cleans up after us. Everyday he picks trash from the ground beginning only a few feet from the trash receptacles and then scattered further away throughout our land. Recycling and trash removal begins with you. We do not need another burdensome law to further task short staffed employees and impinge on limited Forest Service Budget. Carry it in Carry it out!
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    Single use plastic is an environmental scourge and we should be doing everything we can to reduce its use and to educate the public. #thereisnoaway
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    Yes, just look at the plastic island in the pacific, it’s twice the size of Texas
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    Of course they should minimizes their use of plastic. They promote the beauty of nature, they should also promote how to keep it beautiful.
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    Someone cite the clause in Article 1 Section 8 that states that Congress shall have the authority to regulate plastic bottle use, or to even maintain a parks system for that matter. Dissolve every government authority that is not expressly granted in the Constitution.
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    Perhaps it is a burdensome task, yet a very necessary one. Yes, we need this bill!!!
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    Plastic is smothering our oceans, polluting our earth and killing animals! It is time to make plastic out biodegradable materials such as hemp instead of oil and gas. We should also reduce plastic use whenever possible.
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