Is Plastic Recycling A Lie? Oil Companies Touted Recycling To Sell More PlasticPosted on March 16, 2021 by DrRossH in Plastic Waste News
NPR and PBS Frontline spent months digging into internal industry documents and interviewing top former officials. We found that the industry sold the public on an idea it knew wouldn’t work — that the majority of plastic could be, and would be, recycled — all while making billions of dollars selling the world new plastic.
The industry’s awareness that recycling wouldn’t keep plastic out of landfills and the environment dates to the program’s earliest days, we found. “There is serious doubt that [recycling plastic] can ever be made viable on an economic basis,” one industry insider wrote in a 1974 speech.
Yet the industry spent millions telling people to recycle, because, as one former top industry insider told NPR, selling recycling sold plastic, even if it wasn’t true.
“If the public thinks that recycling is working, then they are not going to be as concerned about the environment,” Larry Thomas, former president of the Society of the Plastics Industry, known today as the Plastics Industry Association and one of the industry’s most powerful trade groups in Washington, D.C., told NPR.
Why do we listen to these plastic producing companies to spend $billions to support recycling of their products when it doesn’t happen. Are we going to do this in another phase in Australia of making every thing recyclable or compostable by 2025. Will we be reading just an updated version of this article in 2030?