Aug. 10, 2018

Are we wasting our time separating plastics for recycling?

Is recycling plastic waste as you expect?
The UK media is as bad as that in the US, but has some excellent investigative journalism and documentaries.

Plastic waste has been in the news a lot. Horrible revelations!
1. Much of what we wash and put out for recycling goes to landfill. White yoghurt cartons and black microwavable trays are not recyclable. The big risk is that people will stop recycling, if they think it is a fraud.
2. China exports mega tons of manufactures around the world via Hong Kong. Rather than have containers come back empty, they fill them with plastic waste from Europe and the UK. This is cheaper for waste compamies than sending it to landfill and there are no controls on what is included.
The waste shown included biohazard bags and unwashed food and household chemical containers. This is then handled by unprotected workers in poor Asian countries. There were workers ankle deep in water and handling toxic chemicals. This all leeches into their water table.

Recycled unsuitable waste is turned into casings for appliances and other stuff returning to us.

Disgraceful! Manufacturers need to make all plastic packaging recyclable. Export to landfill should be banned.