Is plastic recycled?

2020-09-16

in Economics, Politics, The environment

There’s a story doing the rounds about how plastic recycling has always been a scam. Consumers started to get concerned about the ecological consequences of throwing plastic away and — despite knowing it was infeasible and uneconomical to actually recycle — they slapped little logos on everything implying that they can and will be recycled, thus alleviating the consumer concern without doing anything about the problem.

NPR’s Planet Money did a show on whether recycling is worthwhile at all.

In particular, people argue that recycling as a solution suits the corporate agenda by shifting responsibility from the firms creating the problem to individuals, regardless of whether they are at all positioned to make things better. This can be equated to the ‘carbon footprint’ idea and the approach to climate change mitigation based on individual action, helping the fossil fuel industry avoid regulation and responsibility.

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. September 16, 2020 at 7:04 pm

‘War on plastic’ could strand oil industry’s £300bn investment | Plastics | The Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/sep/04/war-on-plastic-could-strand-oil-industrys-300bn-investment

. September 16, 2020 at 7:08 pm

Big Oil’s hopes are pinned on plastics. It won’t end well.

The industry’s only real source of growth probably won’t grow much.

Loudest Soul September 24, 2020 at 1:23 pm

A per my point of view yes, it can be recycled

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