SEATTLE (Waste Advantage): To mark Earth Day, Republic Services, Inc. is sharing myth-busting plastics recycling tips to help consumers be better recyclers. Demand is growing for recycled plastic to use in consumer packaging, so it’s especially important that plastic bottles, jugs and containers make their way into the recycling bin. “Republic Services is committed to helping our customers put sustainability in action. We know people want to recycle, but there are a lot of misconceptions around recycling plastics. This Earth Day we want to clear those up,” said Pete Keller, vice president of recycling and sustainability. “By recycling, you can help turn your plastic water bottle into another water bottle. Recycling helps preserve natural resources, reduces emissions and contributes to a more sustainable world.”
Today in the U.S., only about 30% of single-use plastic bottles and jugs are recycled. While recycling rates are low, demand is high for this recycled plastic. Many consumer brands have pledged to use more recycled content in their packaging, and some states are even requiring it.
The top 5 plastics recycling myths:
As a leader in the environmental services industry, Republic Services is advancing plastics recycling and circularity through development of the nation’s first integrated plastics recycling facility. Republic’s Polymer Center will process plastics from recycling facilities across the West and produce high-quality recycled plastic for use in consumer packaging. The first Polymer Center will open in 2023 in Las Vegas, with plans for two to three additional sites for national coverage to follow.
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