Is Plastic Recycling A Fraud?

According to a recent new study published by Center for Climate Integrity (“CCI”), plastic producers have known for more than 30 years that recycling plastic is not an economically or technically feasible plastic waste management solution. “The companies lied…It’s time to hold them accountable for the damage they’ve caused”, said Richard Wiles, president of CCI. In order to recycle plastic, it needs to be sorted very carefully since most of the thousands of chemically distinct varieties of plastic cannot be recycled together. 

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This makes the process very expensive. Another challenge to recycling plastic is that the material degrades each time it is reused, meaning it can generally only be reused once or twice. The plastic industry is accused of knowing about these challenges for decades, and deliberately hiding this information in its marketing campaigns.

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