The plastic pumpkin is a staple in your garden, but if you are allergic to latex or are afraid of spiders or mold, you may not be able to plant a garden using plastic pumpks.
It’s a problem that has made it onto the UHW’s list of top 10 plastic waste and recycling issues.
Plastic pumpkin growers across the state are calling for a ban on plastic pumpkins and other plastic items in the garden, saying they are hazardous to health.
“It is very difficult for us to get a handle on the amount of plastic that is in the soil, the amount that is used for decorative purposes, and it is also a hazard to the environment,” said Tom Rieker, director of the Plastic Waste Management Program for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
“It’s so important to us to try to minimize that amount of pollution.”
The state says the number of plastic pumpkies used in the state is declining, but Riekers said that doesn’t mean that more plastic is being dumped into the soil.
“We’ve been working hard to address this,” he said.
“We’re doing what we can to mitigate the impact.”
A plastic pumpking is a piece of metal that comes together to make a pumpkin.
It is attached to a plastic tub and is used to produce plastic decorations in the winter months.
It is not the only type of plastic waste on the UHDW’s radar, but it is the first one to make it onto this list.
There are more than 3,200 plastic waste products in the UHSW’s inventory, according to the group.
“It’s very important that we have a better understanding of the type of materials that are being used in these products,” said Riechers.
“That’s why we need to work together to do a better job of identifying those plastic waste items.”
Rieker said he would like to see plastic waste management legislation pass by the UHB.
The UHB passed a plastic waste bill in 2018, but the bill never made it to the governor’s desk.