Six Times More Plastic Waste is Burned in U.S. than is Recycled

By Jan Dell, Independent Engineer, The Last Beach Cleanup

As the equivalent of 65 trash trucks per day of plastic waste are dumped into the ocean in the United States (U.S.) via our land, rivers, and coasts, companies that make and sell plastic and single-use disposable plastic products continue to tell us that recycling is the primary solution to plastic pollution.

The relentless focus on the future path for recycling plastic packaging flies in the face of hard facts: post-consumer plastic recycling in the U.S. is generally economically impractical…..

Most importantly, there is no proof that plastic material recyclability or access to recycling bins genuinely reduces plastic pollution…

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