Is it Really Recycling?

Two articles on recycling…one from the Wall Street Journal and the second from NJ Spotlight show the problems with companies that claim to essentially make all things get recycled. The articles focus on Terracycle and a lawsuit that found labeling saying that everyone could get zero waste boxes everywhere. In fact, there are strict geographic limits. Let me chalk this up to overly optimistic goals.

Woman recycling plastic bottles

Of course, the suit has been settled…and the partners have agreed to proper labeling…A good thing.

The real issue is what to do with all the plastic, and can it really be fully recycled. Clearly, the petroleum industry wants us to believe it can be recycled. Clearly, companies that use plastic will try different methods to make their products look environmentally sound.

In reality, there are severe limits on recycling plastic.

Maurice Sampson notes that dual stream is a preference. I agree. (Note: Maurice is one of the early leaders in recycling in our area).

Read The Full Articles Here:
How a lawsuit against TerraCycle shows the limits of recycling trash in the US
TerraCycle Partners Including Coca-Cola, P&G to Change Recycling Labels After Settling Lawsuit

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