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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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Next's Opinion
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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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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house has not voted
      house Committees
      National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands
      Committee on Natural Resources
    IntroducedSeptember 13th, 2017
    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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    Liberals take everything too far.
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    HELL YES
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    We already do, it’s called taking it with you. It’s easy and much cheaper than shelling out boat loads of tax payer money. . If you care about our environment and our nation don’t cop out of recycling by demanding the government should do it for you.
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    Absolutely. You only need one 42oz hard plastic bottle. You can always boil some more water or stop by the water fountain.
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    Yes a program to recycle plastics and other products that endanger the land should be implemented. Additionally, Scott Pruitt should be fired. He represents her most dangerous challenge to the National Parks since the first on was established. He’s a lying, cheating, corrupt self serving POS in our government surpassed only by the moron in the Oval Office. They both along with others in this administration should be arrested and charged under the RICO act with racketeering. Additional Trump should be charged with espionage as he clearly works for the Russians.
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    It used to until the 🍊🤡💩came in and reversed the policy.
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    The danger posed by plastic to our fellow sentient beings and wild refuges and national parks cannot be tolerated anymore
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    We can recycle without government
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    “Recyclable” plastic water bottles are one of the worlds’great hoaxes. Over 80% do not actually get recycled and wind up in landfills. My environmentalist daughter, when she was an RA, would make the girls leave her room (if they had plastic water bottles) and come back when they had something sustainable
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    Yes, the National Park System should have a plastic recycling program! HOWEVER since Trump is reducing the sizes of National Parks AND permitting his billionaire buddies to DRILL FOR OIL in National Parks, the plastic recycling program will be a much smaller task!
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    It would help employees and visitors and keep the parks cleaner.
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    Seriously - do we really need to legislate every stupid question?
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    It’s called “carry in, carry out”.
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    Although there are flaws and hypocrisies in the bill itself, this is an important and effective step in limiting the amount of plastic waste in our landfills and preserving the beauty of our national parks.
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    Each park should manage things the best way for them. What is it about Congress that makes them think one size should fit all and they know more about how to manage everything better than the park management?
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    That’s only a given. Good grief. We don’t want the National Parks covered in litter and all plastic should be recycled.
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    Simply put, not recycling is leading to the destruction of those same resources these national parks are based on. To not take steps to drastically increase the amount of plastics being recycled (or preferably not used) in the places we celebrate the wonders of nature.
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    I want solutions that work not band aids
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    Eliminating single use plastic water bottles is a crucial first step in lowering our nation’s improper use and disposal of plastics and hydrocarbon products.
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