April 22, 2013

Joyce Goodchild: Plastic as Hazardous Waste

Joyce Goodchild lives in Pawleys Island, South Carolina. I had the great pleasure to meet Joyce when she called me to volunteer at an event that I was organizing for Capt. Charles Moore. Joyce is very interested in the environment and helping in any way possible. She also encourages her grand children to care for the Earth and regularly goes out to clean the roads around her house when she usually finds plastic of all kinds.


In addition to being an outspoken ‘chirping bird’ Joyce is also an enthusiastic writer and recently sent the following letter to multiple newspapers.


Our country, along with China and Europe, is one of the biggest producers of plastic waste in the world. Not only plastic shopping bags, but excessive packaging harms our environment, fills our landfills and harms wildlife, particularly when it gets into the ocean.


Most of this plastic, containing mixtures of materials that lack durability or cannot be separated, cannot be recycled nor reused. Many of these pollutants, which have been found to be chemically harmful because they are either potentially toxic or absorb other pollutants, are classified as solid waste and are treated in the same way as food scraps or grass clippings.


It is imperative for the health of our planet that these three countries come to an agreement to classify these materials as hazardous because of the damage they do when they decompose, and the United States should lead the way. Any manufacturer of plastic, including the food and drug industries, which produce such an incredible amount of waste in their packaging, should have to prove their packaging is safe too.


The Chirping Bird Society thanks you for this one of many contributions, Joyce. Well done!


  1. What plastic would you use for a squeezy bottle?

  2. They will get less money for mixed plastics - or mixed scrap metal, than just bottles or cans.
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