How the Plastics Industry Is Fighting to Keep Polluting the World – USA

Posted on July 24, 2019 by DrRossH in Plastic Waste News

Source: How the Plastics Industry Is Fighting to Keep Polluting the World

This was one small part of a massive, industry-led effort now underway to suppress meaningful efforts to reduce plastic waste while keeping the idea of recycling alive. The reality of plastics recycling? It’s pretty much already dead. In 2015, the U.S. recycled about 9 percent of its plastic waste, and since then the number has dropped even lower. The vast majority of the 8.3 billion metric tons of plastic ever produced — 79 percent — has ended up in landfills or scattered all around the world. And as for those plastic shopping bags the kids were hoping to contain: Less than 1 percent of the tens of billions of plastic bags used in the U.S. each year are recycled.

This is what PWS has been saying these past few years.    Recycling of plastic should be at the bottom of the list of things to do to stop all this problem that plastic is causing.  We can’t really recycle it.  It is not like a metal that can be recycled over an over. It has a very short number of times it can be remelted and formed into a new product then it has to be dumped.  The circular economy does not really exist for a plastic.   The plastics industry would have us believe that it is, but they are misleading everyone.  Stopping the frivolous use of it is really the only way.