The Big Problem With Plastic

Posted on October 26, 2021 by DrRossH in Plastic Waste News

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The popular perception that plastic is easily and widely recycled has been shaped by decades of carefully calculated messaging designed and paid for by the petroleum and gas companies that make most of that plastic in the first place, and the beverage companies that depend on plastic to bottle their products.

“Recycling is sold as a means of not worrying about the problem,” says Judith Enck, a former regional administrator at the EPA, now a visiting professor at Bennington College in Vermont and president of Beyond Plastics, a group focused on ending plastics pollution. The companies paying for the ads that frame recycling as an easy solution to a potentially devastating environmental problem know that recycling cannot keep up with the flood of new plastic, Enck says.

Some sobering realities yet again on plastic.  We can’t recycle our way out of this, we have to use less is the only answer.