Recycling – Corporate Efforts Examined

According to a February 17, 2021 PBS Frontline story “… plastic manufacturers are seeing production increase in the midst of a global economic downturn … But that growth also means more plastic in landfills … according to environmental advocates, who say that corporate efforts to curb waste, including a stated goal of recycling all plastic packaging by 2040, are insufficient … To boost recycling efforts, the Alliance to End Plastic Waste … has promised to spend $1.5 billion by 2024 to reduce plastic pollution and boost re-use efforts.

And the American Chemistry Council told FRONTLINE it has committed to the re-use or recycling of all plastic packaging by 2040 … While corporations explore ways to underwrite costs moving forward, the current American recycling system is in danger of being derailed by the pandemic … Municipal budgets, which pay for recycling collection programs, are likely to suffer in the upcoming fiscal year due to COVID-induced cuts … Municipal budget cuts also would hamper efforts to keep recyclable consumer goods out of landfills …” #Frontline #Recycling #PlasticWaste #SingleUsePlastic