Thank you to the witnesses for being here.
One of the difficulties I see with adding plastics to the schedule 1 list is that there are so many different substances: polyethylene, polyethylene terephthalate, polystyrene, nylon, polyesters, rubber, polycarbonate, malonic anhydride—I worked in plastics for a long time—and so in some cases, if you think about polyethylene, there may be some applications of it that you would want to eliminate. We've all seen the pictures of ducks trapped with the little polyethylene rings around them, but on the other hand that plastic is also used for in all of the intravenous tubes and the syringes in hospitals in a lot of medical applications.
Is there a way of putting them in with plastics in a specific application, maybe by doing a similar thing that Europe did when they looked at the different beaches? Have they looked to see the most commonly occurring type of plastic pollution?