Jon Ossoff, Ga. Dem Senate candidate, calls for ban on plastic waste in campaign speech


One of the Democratic contenders for one of the U.S. Senate’s disputed seats in Georgia called for a “phasing out” of disposable plastics on Thursday to increase sustainability.

“We can have a clean, beautiful, healthy planet. We can ban plastic waste,” Jon Ossoff told supporters.

“We can put an end to the destruction of our climate. We can make historic investments in clean and renewable energies. It’s all up to us.”

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Ossoff, who will face Republican Senator David Perdue over the next month, lists a ban on disposable plastics among a number of plans to create a more sustainable future.

“I call for rapid progress on sustainability – including the rapid introduction of disposable plastics, strictly enforced contracts for the protection of the oceans and fisheries, aggressive protection of endangered species and habitats, increased fines for spillage and pollution, and stricter rules on toxic. chemicals control “is available on its campaign website

Perdue also took a stand against plastics. He supported the Save Our Spaces 2.0 law, which he said would reduce the generation of plastic waste and already find new uses for plastic waste there.

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Plastic bans are flooding the country as nine states and dozens of cities have banned disposable plastic bags.

However, the coronavirus epidemic dealt a slight blow to the trend.

For example, the Republican governor of Massachusetts, Charlie Baker, lifted the ban on plastic bags and banned reusable bags in stores for fear they could carry a coronavirus.

Governor JB Pritzker, an Illinois Democrat, also suggested that shoppers stick to plastic bags for the time being and leave reusable bags at home.

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The Associated Press contributed to the report.