National Park Service rescinds ban on plastic water bottles – a bad and dangerous policy for wildlife

Plastic pollution – such as shown here in the Grand Canyon prior to the plastic water ban – will likely now become a common scene again.

In what is clearly bowing to pressure from both our infamous, uh, illustrious national leader and lobbying (as with beaucoup dollars thrown at them or the federal agency that oversees it) by plastic bottle manufacturers, the National Park Service has announced it’s lifting the 6-year ban on the sale of plastic water bottles within national parks.

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Concord, Mass. could lead the country in banning bottled water

Americans toss over 71 percent of the plastic water bottles we use

According to a 2010 report by the National Association for PET Container Resources in Sonoma, California, the total plastic bottle recycling rate was 28.8 percent, up from 27.8 percent in 2009. That means Americans are tossing over 71 percent of the plastic bottles we use.

One town in Massachusetts wants to take on the issue by banning bottled water altogether.

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