Let’s be clear about petroleum-based plastics: They pollute our planet on a massive scale. When plastics are sent to landfills and incinerators they don’t just disappear. The debris escapes onto roadways and the emissions are sent into the air we breathe. According to Keep America Beautiful, toxic pollution from plastics contributes over 19% of roadside waste. That’s like throwing 1,300 pieces of plastic trash on to every mile of roadway in the U.S.
And that plastic litter on the roadsides doesn’t necessarily stay on the roadsides. It will travel thousands of miles in the air and water and end up as ocean pollution. Over 80% of the ocean’s litter is plastic from the land.