Plastic production across the globe continues to grow, and plastic-related pollution and litigation is an ongoing problem. It has been estimated that corporate liabilities will exceed $20 billion from 2022 to 2030.
Plastics have chemicals that can be non-biodegradable and harmful to people and the environment; the waste breaks down into microplastics and nanoplastics that can be smaller than 5 millimeters.
The World Health Organization (WHO) stated that more research is needed to determine the long-term effects of ingesting plastics. In addition, the UN Environment Programme shared information showing that additives in plastic can negatively impact animals’ hormonal systems and could lead to cancer, gene mutation, and lung inflammation in humans.
Company representatives can mitigate their liability risks by becoming familiar with federal, state, and local regulations that apply to their businesses. It is also important to keep environmental issues on the radar and ensure that the company’s insurance provisions are up to date.
These companies can also prioritize the recycling and reuse of their products through plans for structured environmental reporting that zero in on issues. Some plastics companies are targeted for litigation, focusing on misleading behaviors related to their sustainability claims. So, the scale of potential exposures should be honestly disclosed and addressed if needed.
Attempting to address environmental law concerns without an experienced lawyer is ill-advised, especially when so much is at stake. Our Wilmington environmental lawyers at Jacobs & Crumplar, P.A. can explain your legal options and fight to protect your rights. To learn more about your potential case, complete our online form or call us at 302-656-5445 today. We are located in Wilmington and Millsboro, Delaware, and we serve clients in Dover, New Castle County, and Sussex County.