Plastic Recycling is Failing for Collection, Sorting, Contamination, and Economic Reasons – Greenpeace Report

According to an October 24, 2022, Greenpeace news release “… mechanical and chemical recycling of plastic waste fails because plastic waste is extremely difficult to collect, virtually impossible to sort for recycling, environmentally harmful to reprocess, often made of and contaminated by toxic materials, and not economical to recycle … U.S. households generated an estimated 51 million tons of plastic waste in 2021, only 2.4 million tons of which was recycled … no type of plastic packaging in the U.S. meets the definition of recyclable used by either the Federal Trade Commission or the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastic Economy (EMF NPE) Initiative. Plastic recycling was estimated to have declined to about 5–6% in 2021 … [Companies are urged to phase] out single-use plastics, committing to standardized reusable packaging, and adopting a Global Plastics Treaty to help set international standards …” #PlasticWaste #SingleUsePlastic #Recycling @greenpeaceusa