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Stop Plastic Pollution Comments from New Jersey

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Viewing of plastic in the beautiful wildlife ruins it.  The plastic is very convenient but it kills wildlife that we need to co-exist and pollutes our rivers, ocean and forests.  Ultimately, it will kill tje human race in the exchange of ‘convenience.’ Takako Ishii-kiefer, Aberdeen NJ

As a farmer, I support protecting the ecosystems that many wildlife species call home. Our precious ecosystems and human communities will all benefit in health from reducing or eliminating plastic pollution.  Mark Canright, Asbury NJ

Act to save the planet. I would know it was helping. Maureen Levier, Beachwood NJ

I was in Gabon in Loango National Park and there was so much plastic trash on the beach it was ridiculous. So awful. There is nothing I hate more than single use plastics. Phoebe Weseley, Bedminster NJ

Too much plastic being used by everyone and not being recycled. I have already stopped using plastic bags. Next would be plastic bottles. Lucy Almeida, Bloomfield NJ

Plastic persists in our environment, and damages the health of humans and animals alike. It is critical that plastic pollution be reduced.  Jenny Welter, Bloomfield NJ

To protect our environment, fauna and flora It would make me happy to see cleaner oceans, safer fauna and flora.  Sue Velez, Brooklyn NJ

Plastic is destroying the earth. Stop using plastic bags. Tom Harris, Burlington NJ

It’s imperative we protect our marine life and our health and that of our planet by reducing plastic.  Wanda Plucinski, Cranbury NJ

As we learned from COVID-19, we are ALL CONNECTED. Climate change and our treatment of Mother Earth and all living beings should not be some afterthought. It needs to be a priority.  Wanda Plucinski, Cranbury NJ

Act to prevent my grandchildren from being sickened from Microplastics; To help our oceans and all the living creatures in it; To lessen the amount of microplastics I ingest in my water and food. Diane Geary, Eastampton NJ

Less plastic, less fossil fuel usage. Let’s clean up our environment and let our oceans and rivers survive. I would be thankful and joyous for a better environment and thriving sea creatures! Nancy Chismar, Edison NJ

It wasn’t that long ago that we did everything without plastic, and while there have been technological advances since then, I feel we would survive as a culture if we went back to the days where we weren’t littering our land with waste that leaches chemicals into our soil and water, killing fish and birds, and endangering our health. I find I have to bend over backwards to avoid single use plastic. If it were law, I would be able to get products that I enjoy without the guilt of the waste that comes with them. My neighbors would be caring for the planet better without even trying. Cori Bishop, Egg Harbor City NJ

For all of our health’s sake … The environment, wildlife and people. I would not have to buy products wrapped in plastic and then wonder how to properly dispose of the plastic waste. My recycling company does not take everything anymore. Leslie Cohen, Egg Harbor City NJ

Clean up the earth for future generations less plastic to worry about. Tracy Foster, Egg Harbor Township NJ

We only have one planet to live on. If we destroy it, we will die.  Lascinda Goetschius, Fair Lawn NJ

The ocean is responsible for much of the oxygen production in the world.  When we destroy the ocean with plastic, we are destroying ourselves.  It is not just a question of marine life, is it a question of human life.  We must stop the plastic pollution!  Barbara Miller, Franklin NJ

Plastic has become so ubiquitous in our world that it is endangering all living beings: wildlife, ocean life and human beings. There has to be LESS plastic produced.  Recycling is not doing the job. Reducing personal use is made almost impossible by universal plastic packaging.  I try hard to avoid use of plastics, and to recycle as much as is possible, but I need help! Gunta Alexander, Glen Ridge NJ

There should not be single use anything anymore- plastic will never degrade and fossil fuels always pollute. Less pollution in our waterways is good for everyone.  Laurie Babicki, Hopewell NJ

Plastics are killing our oceans and waterways by leaching dangerous chemicals. Fish and sea life are eating so many plastic pieces which they do not digest, that they die. It’s urgent that we reverse course now. By stopping plastics, and especially those awful plastic bags, we can also employ machinery to sweep up as much as possible. We should not wait another minute to end the use of harmful plastics.   We also need a productive way in which to transform discarded plastics into usable products. Jackie Ramirez, Jackson NJ

Less plastic production will use less fossil fuels, like coal and natural gas. Less manufacturing of these single-use and disposable products will decrease greenhouse gas emissions, which is a major driver of climate change.  The bill would reduce wildlife from ingesting and being entangled in plastics and waste products.   The bill will stop plastics and dyes from paper products from getting into waterways, which can then seep into groundwater and drinking water.  The prevention of plastic pollution will make the places we care about cleaner, safer, and more attractive.  Please act so we’ll know there is a better future and hope for wildlife and humans. Valeriya Efimova, Jersey City NJ

We need to stop plastic pollution because it’s killing the animals that eat it!  Elise Margulis, Livingston NJ

Break free from plastic pollution because it is killing our wildlife and getting into the food chain. Act to keep plastic pollution out of our oceans and not be ingested by animals and fish which is killing them and getting into the fish that we eat! Joseph Tolerico, Newton NJ

Plastics are breaking down in the ocean and destroying the wildlife that ingests them. If we kill off our oceans and the life dwelling therein, we endanger the food chain and that means humans, too. Plus, plastics do not biodegrade, and so will take over our landfills and reduce land for farming as new locations are sought. I envision replacements for plastic containers being reusable and, hopefully, refillable. This cuts down on trash that I have to store for periods of time. I also see replacements, such as cloth bags and glass bottles, being longer-lived than their plastic originals. This saves money in the long run and frees up manufacturing capacity for other products. Marie Curtis, Oakhurst NJ

Plastic kills us by the hormones and petrochemicals that it leaches.  It kills wildlife that it pollutes, and fish and animal stomachs it fills without giving any nourishment.  And us again because it is in the animals and fish that we eat food. Everything I want would not be wrapped in un-recyclable plastic; which I cannot recycle; and which is burnt with all the related pollution that government refuses to control (in fact – it keeps reducing the controls). Ann Malyon, Oakland NJ

Stop killing the seas and all that is in them. As the sea dies, so does all life on earth.  Rita Raftery, Ridgefield Park NJ

Plastic pollution is destroying our oceans and their inhabitants. We must do something about this.  Sharon Rothe, Rockaway NJ

All this plastic waste will be with the world for many, many years after I am gone. I want to leave this planet in a better state than it is now. I am old enough to remember a time before everything was made or packaged in plastic. We lived well and enjoyed our lives just fine. We had a multitude of consumer goods. We do not need plastic everything. I would love to have people not throw fast food containers, plastic bottles, bags, etc. in my yard. I constantly clean up the roadside in front of my house. Ruth Boice, Shamong NJ

The destruction to the oceans is criminal and stupid. This bill would address this horrendous problem directly. There is no reason that we cannot bring our own bags to stores, as I do, or go back to recyclable paper bags that used to be standard. Dr. Scott Whitener, Somerset NJ

It is important to reduce plastic pollution because Earth’s land and waters are filling up with garbage at a rapid pace. This plastic garbage is smothering and poisoning animals as well as plant life. We cannot idly let our planet become a gigantic dumpster. I would see less plastic garbage on my streets and in the river I live by. I would be able to pass on a healthier planet to future generations. Kristin Kline, Trenton NJ

Our plastic pollution is killing marine and other wildlife. I want wildlife and people to live. Less plastic production would hopefully lead to cleaner air and water and fewer plastic particles in our environment. Judy Fairless, Warren NJ

When I first started snorkeling there wasn’t much plastic in the ocean, now it is disgusting. Corals, birds, turtles and other sea life are being killed by it. It also moves up the food chain and we end up ingesting it when we eat seafood.  Virginia Murchison, West Orange NJ

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3 responses on “Stop Plastic Pollution Comments from New Jersey

  1. Stephanie Christoff

    There have been several trips to the New Jersey shore beaches in the past five years where I would spend an hour of my time cleaning the beaches from bottles and plastics left by others. It was very upsetting. People lack the discipline in this country to do the right thing on tgeir own. Laws need to be passed to limit plastic.production by corporations. They should be recycling plastics only.

  2. Colleen German

    Although plastic bags, straws and wrappers are a problem with plastic pollution in the ocean, they are not a major cause. The leading cause of plastic pollution in our oceans is directly related to the commercial fishing industry, specifically fisherman nets. They discard tons of this and treat the ocean like a dump with no regard for anything but the almighty buck. There is an interesting documentary on Netflix and anyone interested in the cause should watch it. It’s extremely educational and enlightening.

    1. Rob Moir, Ph.D. Post author

      Seaspiracy is the name of the Netflick film. It is really excellent in the way it steps through increasingly complex ocean issues from whale deaths to ecosystems degradation. The greatest terror of plastic pollution for marine life is ghost fishing by lost fishing nets. The greatest terror of plastic pollution for birds is the smaller bits that accumulate to fill their bellies and starvation follows. There’s an albatross on Midway Island that has worn a leg band for seventy (70) years, so when a seabird dies from plastic overfill it is impossible to estimate how much plastic pollution there was. There is a silly argument in the film about the source of the majority of plastic pollution. We have no idea how much is there. Only tips of icebergs, surface samples of floating plastic, drift nets coming up on beaches. Fishermen do not want to loose their nets, but when they do, the plastics last forever. Two steps for addressing plastic pollution. 1 don’t pollute. For example: Stop using plastic straws. It’s easy to do and the damage done by straws is not insignificant. 2. When ever you see plastic on a beach, it may have come ashore, remove it from being able to go into the ocean.
      Seaspiracy is a British film. The film maker has no idea that the USA has been improving on fisheries management since 1972. Here, we have nearly 300 commercially valuable fish stocks. Of these only 24 are currently not sustainably fished. Every three years each fish stock is researched and catch limits adjusted. The Ocean River Institute, a commercial and a recreational fisherman successfully sued the government to take an ecosystem-based approached to setting catch limits. Now, the catch must be small enough to leave sufficient fish, for example, herring, as forage for other fish (striped bass), whales and birds. Every fishing boat in US waters carries a positioning transmitter. They can all be seen on marine traffic that reports vessel speed. Speed indicates whether the boat is fishing or transiting. To eat fish sustainably, consider the least expensive fish in the display. The price is low because the fish is abundant when landed by the fisherman. Cod is one of the most expensive because the two cod stocks (Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank) are still overfished. Chances are the cod is from Iceland where the fish is abundant. However, haddock stocks have recovered and are being sustainably fished. Haddock tastes the most like cod so it is only a dollar or two less. While pollack is less and hake even lesser cost because it is more abundant. When people eat fish, it becomes an important commodity so government will spend money on responsible management. In America to save fish, eat fish responsibly – not the expensive fillets.

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