TODAY, AMONGST the many media releases I receive on a daily basis, came one from the BC Government’s Environment Ministry (https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2021ENV0066-002040), which stated in part:
People in British Columbia continue to take action to remove problem plastics from communities and the natural environment. New legislation will mean the Province can move more quickly to remove plastic debris through phased-in province-wide product bans.
Changes under new legislation mean the Province will be able to identify and take direct action to phase out single-use plastic products and packaging. Decisions will be made based on the environmental and economic impacts of any bans, with the first phase of new regulations expected in early 2023.
“We have heard the call for more direct action to reduce plastic debris and its impact on the environment and wildlife,” said George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy. “These changes mean we will expedite the actions under the CleanBC Plastic Action Plan to create a cleaner, stronger future for everyone.”
Let me just say despite not being fully against a plastics ban, I’m wondering why the government continually picks the low-hanging fruit, when it comes to waste filling our landfills.
Two days ago, I was in Costco and was astounded to see that ‘disposable’ diapers go right up to size 5X — we’re talking about kids that would be in, or shortly in, Kindergarten — and this wasn’t just a small area that had these oversized disposable diaper — it filled the same area space as every other available size. Why isn’t government calling out lazy ass parents that don’t get their kids toilet trained at an early age?
Here’s another: advertisers are continually promoting their use of paper towels for everything under the sun. The latest ad I’ve seen was for a painter that dumped a tin of paint in the back of their truck bed and used paper towels to clean it up.
Now I realize NO ONE is that stupid to actually do that, but they are, through inference, indicating that for big messes and spills to use paper towel — which ends up where?? In the landfills. Why isn’t the government calling that out? What’s wrong with using bar rags?
Swiffers and the like? Who the hell cleans their house with a Swiffer? And yet again advertisers are promoting their use for cleaning an entire house instead of the good old faithful vacuum cleaner? Again, not a word about these convenience products that end up filling our landfills.
While everyone is all twitterpated about banning plastic straws, millennials and Gen Xers continue to head to the drive-through, of their favorite coffee brewer, for their morning coffee.
And what does it get poured into? You guessed it, a PLASTIC cup. Oh, and don’t forget the gas burned, and CO2 expelled from the exhaust tailpipe while they sit in a lineup of 10 to 20 vehicles all waiting their turn to order and pick up.
AND … this is a VERY SHORT list that I’ve presented, of what people are buying, and advertisers are promoting us to buy.
Personally, I’m sick of all the self-righteous BS about saving the planet, and I’m going to continue to use a plastic bag when I need it — without having a guilty conscience.
Alan Forseth is a Kamloops resident and former member of the Reform Party of Canada and the B.C. Reform Party, and a past member of the BC Conservative Party. His blog is My Thoughts on Politics and More.