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Thursday, 22 August 2019

How the Plastics Industry Is Fighting to Keep Polluting the World


I’ve been seeing the bales of plastic piling up at my local dump and I thought, “Why not make building materials out of all this stuff?”

It turns out that there are some small moves being made in that direction. Here are a few examples:

Of course, these efforts are noise level in the scheme of things.

Plastic pollution is a grim and difficult problem which is made worse by the industry and crooked politicians.

Via: The Intercept:

The growing output of new cheap plastic further undermines the industry’s own argument that recycling can resolve the waste crisis. It’s already impossible for most recycled plastic to compete with “virgin” plastic in the marketplace. With the exception of bottles made of PET (No. 1) and HDPE (No. 2), the rest of the waste is essentially worthless. Around 30 percent of both types of plastic bottles were sold for recycling in 2017, though some of those may have wound up being landfilled or incinerated. The recent fossil fuel boom makes it even cheaper to make new plastic and thus, even more difficult to sell the recycled product. This, in turn, makes the plastics companies’ push for recycling that much more implausible — and their battle to kill efforts to limit plastics production even more desperate.

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