The Association of Plastic Recyclers

What’s the Fix for the U.S. Plastic Waste Pile Up?

The U.S. generates more plastic waste than any country worldwide, having cranked out an estimated 42 million metric tons of it in 2016 alone, according to a recent study published in Science Advances. That figure is likely even higher today, says Kara Lavender Law, the lead study author and a professor at the Sea Education Association.

Steve Alexander, president and CEO of the Association of Plastic Recyclers, attests that recycling is not solving the problems – at least not today. The current collection and sortation infrastructure is too overwhelmed by a fast-growing and continually evolving stream, he says. But he does think recycling can be a part of the solution, with some fixes.

Read the full article from Waste 360.

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