Require Recycle Laws to Reduce Pollution of Oceans

Beer Bottles

Target: Speaker of the House John Boehner

Goal: Require all states to have container deposit laws to reduce pollution of our oceans

As the search continues for the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, the search has uncovered a massive amount of trash floating in our oceans. Scientists estimate that the amount of plastic in our waters double every year and many are scrambling for ways to clean it up. One such plan to reduce pollution is to have all states adopt a container deposit law. If adopted, this plan will ensure that our beverages end up being recycled instead of being dumped.

In the United States there are only ten states – including California, Connecticut, Maine, and Massachusetts – that have container deposit laws. These laws provide a monetary incentive to consumers to recycle their cans. Most aluminum cans can be refunded at five to ten cents per can, and many individuals can recycle them for a small refund. Plastic bottles and glass containers can also be recycled, reducing the amount of waste that goes into our landfills.

The benefits to this recycling are many. It prevents litter in our environment, provides extra cash for individuals and families, produces high quality recyclable materials, and encourages producer responsibility.

However many beverage companies are against this policy. They argue that container deposits are more expensive than any other forms of recycling. The requirement of a deposit will also increase taxes for beverages, possibly reducing their sales. These companies – ranging from bottlers of water, beer, soda, and even corporate grocery stores and convenience stores – spend a lot of money lobbying against these legislations.

The amount of waste in our oceans is increasing at a steady rate, and if countries don’t enact stricter laws, the waste will continue to accumulate and poison our environment and wildlife. Urge Congress to make container deposit laws so our oceans won’t continue to be a dump for our trash.


Dear John Boehner,

As the Speaker of the House, I am writing to you about an urgent issue. Since the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, the search party has found a massive amount of trash in our oceans. Before trash of this caliber never made headlines, and now that it has, the general public wants to know what we’re doing to clean it up. Currently plans for cleaning up the waste in our oceans are sounding too outlandish or impractical to do.

However there is another plan and that is having states adopt container deposit laws. These laws would provide a monetary incentive for our citizens by recycling aluminum cans, plastic bottles, and glass containers for a small refund. By providing this incentive, it would prevent more waste from going into our oceans. Please urge Congress to make laws and ensure they pass for the sake of our oceans.


[Your Name Here]

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