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WASTE ONLY: How the Plastics Industry Is Fighting to Keep Polluting the World

David Klein

Moderator

WASTE ONLY
How the Plastics Industry Is Fighting to Keep Polluting the World


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The reality of plastics recycling? It’s pretty much already dead. In 2015, the U.S. recycled about 9 percent of its plastic waste, and since then the number has dropped even lower. The vast majority of the 8.3 billion metric tons of plastic ever produced — 79 percent— has ended up in landfills or scattered all around the world. And as for those plastic shopping bags the kids were hoping to contain: Less than 1 percent of the tens of billions of plastic bags used in the U.S. each year are recycled.
 
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