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Thu Feb 15, 2024, 01:23 PM Feb 15

'They lied': plastics producers deceived public about recycling, report reveals [View all]


Companies knew for decades recycling was not viable but promoted it regardless, Center for Climate Integrity study finds

Plastic producers have known for more than 30 years that recycling is not an economically or technically feasible plastic waste management solution. That has not stopped them from promoting it, according to a new report.

“The companies lied,” said Richard Wiles, president of fossil-fuel accountability advocacy group the Center for Climate Integrity (CCI), which published the report. “It’s time to hold them accountable for the damage they’ve caused.”

Plastic, which is made from oil and gas, is notoriously difficult to recycle. Doing so requires meticulous sorting, since most of the thousands of chemically distinct varieties of plastic cannot be recycled together. That renders an already pricey process even more expensive. Another challenge: the material degrades each time it is reused, meaning it can generally only be reused once or twice.

The industry has known for decades about these existential challenges, but obscured that information in its marketing campaigns, the report shows.

And their lying prevented us from finding other/better solutions. They caused lost opportunities as well as added burdens to waste collection systems and customers. Will they be fined or thrown in jail? Hah.
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In the 70s there were small time glass recyclers bucolic_frolic Feb 15 #1
Maybe, but single-use plastics...just NO! Backseat Driver Feb 15 #15
Judith Enck of Beyond Plastics has been saying this for years MadameButterfly Feb 15 #2
So Have I ProfessorGAC Feb 15 #5
Glass is tried and true. forgotmylogin Feb 15 #12
The ideas are endless once we put our minds to it MadameButterfly Feb 15 #22
I wish they could be held accountable. pandr32 Feb 15 #3
They sometimes lied. And recently stopped entirely. Igel Feb 15 #4
Clear plastics and hard white plastics Warpy Feb 15 #6
Don't have any hearts left but would have given you one just for your signature line. It is outstanding and very true! PatrickforB Feb 15 #21
Up by us the send it to a recycler plant Historic NY Feb 15 #7
It costs a lot less... 2naSalit Feb 15 #8
Meanwhile, local waste management is punishing customers for mixing bad plastic with good in the recycling bin Fritz Walter Feb 15 #9
Most grocery stores have a light-plastic recycle bin. forgotmylogin Feb 15 #13
That's what I do NOW. Fritz Walter Feb 15 #18
Judith Enck says "Don't wish-cycle" because MadameButterfly Feb 15 #23
Nevertheless, it is technically feasible, if not practiced, to recycle... NNadir Feb 15 #10
It sounds like you have scientific knowledge of this stuff but MadameButterfly Feb 15 #24
The scientific literature is rich with papers on the topic of steam reforming of plastics and to a lesser extent... NNadir Feb 15 #27
It will take me some time to read and understand but I will MadameButterfly Feb 17 #28
Where I live I just read the town's year end update which said recycling costs have risen from $3 million a year to $7m Pepsidog Feb 15 #11
All one has to do is look at Coca Cola and Pepsi. LiberalArkie Feb 15 #14
Coca cola had a classic beautiful bottle that was a bonafied work of art MadameButterfly Feb 15 #25
Corporate America lying to the public????? SergeStorms Feb 15 #16
Worked for the Tobacco Lobby and smoking... Kid Berwyn Feb 15 #17
Wow--not that this is about me, but thanks! Lulu KC Feb 15 #19
Sure they knew. The misled us because the companies that make the plastics are generally publicly traded. PatrickforB Feb 15 #20
Wow. I didn't know about 'Shareholder PRimacy" and ironic that a 100 year old law MadameButterfly Feb 15 #26
Our local trash service stopped collecting glass mcar Feb 17 #29
Companies told people what they wanted to hear about recycling plastics. elocs Feb 17 #30
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