"There is serious doubt that [recycling plastic] can ever be made viable on an economic basis," one industry insider wrote in a 1974 speech
"If the public thinks that recycling is working, then they are not going to be as concerned about the environment," Larry Thomas, former president of the Society of the Plastics Industry
In all that time, less than 10 percent of plastic has ever been recycled.
Plastic degrades with each turnover.
it was costing more to recycle than it was to dispose of the same material as garbage
selling recycling sold plastic
picking it up, sorting it out and melting it down is expensiv
it can't be reused more than once or twice.
new plastic is cheap
almost always less expensive and of better quality to just start fresh.
Recycling plastic is "costly," it says, and sorting it, the report concludes, is "infeasible."
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