Most plastic packaging is never even collected by waste management and a negligible fraction of the collected packaging is actually recycled.
Plastic is much more difficult to recycle than you were told. Most plastic ends up in a landfill, despite the promotion of plastic recycling. Plastic production has outpaced recycling more than 5x over the past decade.
Plastic is cheap and incredibly versatile. However, these qualities have also resulted in it becoming an environmental issue. We have developed a “disposable” lifestyle and estimates are that around 50% of plastic is used just once and thrown away. On average, plastic bags only have a working life of 15 minutes worldwide.
Plastic waste already posed a challenge to the departments working to recycle and reduce pollution as it is not biodegradable. This problem only doubled when major programs’ waste collection was too inefficient to have a noticeable impact. It was reported that about 90% of all plastic waste was never recycled at all.
Rolling Stone Magazine’s article on plastic waste hits the nail on the head. False claims of recycling benefits made by petroleum companies and soda companies like Coke and Pepsi are placed front and center as Tim Dickinson tells the truth about plastic waste. Clearly, Tim Dickinson did his homework when writing this article. Read the full […]