If we don't tax corporations for plastic use and proper disposal thereof they will continue to profit off the use of the stuff and never be held accountable.
In the end once corporations have spent their ill begotten wealth, taxpaying consumers will be the only one left to pay the bill to clean the mess up.
We are already paying this bill with having to foot the bill on climate change, a bill that corporations should share in the responsibility of.
I would think the magic carrot would be not being left having to pay to clean up the mess while corporations walk away from the mess they played a large part in creating.
Isn't it often the case that capitalism sanctions corporate irresponsibility while people who "actually" pay taxes are left to pay for and repair the devastation left behind.
A stitch in time saves nine. How about we put the cart behind the horse and everyone pulls together?
Isn't that enough incentive to change the way we do things?
Or we can just not do anything as our world decays and crumbles around us in mutually assured destruction. Destruction that can never be fixed because the things we are destroying took millions of years to come about.
Just because the benefits may be long term it does not mean we don't have to do anything.
Instant gratification should not be the main criterion for change.
The, "What do I get out of it?" defense can also be the, "What don't you get out of it?" response. We have all partaken in the privilege of the riches of this Earth and we owe a debt and have a duty to fulfill this debt. We must all pay it forward according to our own usage and be respectful, thankful and grateful while doing it...