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Plastic Recycling June 20, 2024 07:20:11 PM

Planet Tracker Cautions Against Recycling ‘Illusion’ by Plastics Industry

Paul Ploumis
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Planet Tracker also voiced their dissent against the practice of using resin identification codes, as they are often mistaken for recycling symbols.

Planet Tracker Cautions Against Recycling ‘Illusion’ by Plastics Industry

SEATTLE (Scrap Monster): Leading campaign group, Planet Tracker, warned that the promotion of recycling by the plastics industry has just been an ‘illusion’. According to the group, almost 91% of the plastics are not recycled, which is quite contrary to the claims made by the industry. The recycling of plastics was promoted as a solution for rising plastic pollution, only to aid continued expansion of plastics production, it noted.

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The campaign group refuted industry claims that recycling alone would address the problem of plastic pollution. At the same time, it called for promotion of alternative mechanisms such as introduction of extended producer responsibility (EPR), taxation and stricter regulatory environment. Planet Tracker also voiced their dissent against the practice of using resin identification codes, as they are often mistaken for recycling symbols.

John Willis, director of research at Planet Tracker observed that the plastics industry has tactfully shifted focus away from upstream measures, such as production curbs and adoption of alternative materials in replacement of plastics. The policymakers should look beyond recycling as the solution to plastics pollution, which in turn will create a sustainable path forward.

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