It has been painfully clear for years now that plastic recycling within the U.S. is a delusion. The most recent experiences from Final Seashore Clear Up and Past Plastics present that the plastic recycling price of post-consumer plastic waste for 2021 was between 5 and 6%. This price of recycling, which has by no means reached 10%, has been sliding downwards for years, simply because the era of plastic waste (per capita) has risen by a staggering 263% since 1980.

I’m deeply involved that the fossil gasoline and petrochemical industries proceed to hazard and mislead the general public in regards to the efficacy of plastic recycling and the dangers of continued plastic manufacturing and use. 94% of U.S. plastic waste leads to landfills, incinerators, our landscapes and our oceans. 94%. Whereas nearly all of plastic that’s really recycled is usually (re)used solely as soon as, earlier than becoming a member of the remainder.

The most recent EPR (Prolonged Producer Accountability) and Bottle payments launched within the NYS legislature probably signify an overdue first step within the combat in opposition to the rising tide of plastic air pollution. It’s previous time that residents and legislators maintain the plastics trade accountable for criminally endangering human well being and pure environments throughout the globe.

Go to BeyondPlastics.org to be taught extra in regards to the disaster of plastic air pollution.

Oliver Ferland

New Paltz

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