Many Plastic Waste Items Collected for Recycling are Landfilled

According to a February 18, 200 Guardian story “… Many plastic items that Americans put in their recycling bins aren’t being recycled at all, according to a just released Greenpeace report … [which] found that out of 367 recycling recovery facilities surveyed none could process coffee pods, fewer than 15% accepted plastic clamshells – such as those used to package fruit, salad or baked goods – and only a tiny percentage took plates, cups, bags and trays. The findings confirm the results of a Guardian investigation last year, which revealed that numerous types of plastics are being sent straight to landfill in the wake of China’s crackdown on US recycling exports. Greenpeace’s findings also suggest that numerous products labeled as recyclable in fact have virtually no market as new products … Greenpeace threatened to file federal complaints against manufacturers who mislead the public about the recyclability of their packaging …” – #PlasticWaste #FoodPackaging #Recycling #SingleUsePlastic