Regulate Excessive Packaging to Reduce Landfill Waste

Reducing landfill waste begins with the manufacturer.

There is a limit to how many times materials can be recycled before it breaks down and becomes useless. Eventually all materials will end up in a landfill. If Congress would enact strict stipulations and pose fines on companies for excessive packaging of products it would have a positive impact on the amount of non-decomposable waste. The UK has already done this because they were running out of space for waste. A law of this sort would help the environment, reduce toxicity in the water supply, save consumers money and save resources. 11% of the price of an item is due to the cost of packaging. Petroleum based material takes 500 years to decompose and uses a very valuable commodity. Fines would help reduce our deficit. It's a win-win.