Recycling

Latin America, the US’s new plastic dumping ground.

Every year the US sends thousands of tons of plastic waste to Latin America. Mexico, El Salvador and Ecuador are the main recipients of waste that is largely unsuitable for recycling. Loopholes in international regulations also lead to the shipment…

600 Million Metric Tons of Plastic May Fill Oceans by 2036 If We Don’t Act Now

Fossil fuel stakeholders have been seeking new revenue in the petrochemical industry in general, and plastics in particular. By Tina Casey As the private transportation sector shifts focus to batteries, biofuels, and green hydrogen, fossil fuel stakeholders have been seeking…

What Happens to the Plastic the UK Recycles?

The secretive way in which plastic recycling is handled in the UK carries the potential for the next big scandal. While the government’s statutory guidance is supposed to clarify who is responsible, our research suggests that what happens to plastics we believe…

What is the Circular Economy?

Turning bike tires into bags, sugar cane waste into to-go boxes, and reclaimed wood to new flooring is what the circular economy looks like. By Mary Meade – Green America Each of these trash-to-treasure concepts are real practices by real…

Can Recycling Really Solve The Plastic Problem?

Co-Written by Meena Miriam Yust and Arshad M. Khan The practice of recycling has everything to commend it:  On a finite planet, it conserves resources; it is meretricious allowing us, as it does, to pin a mental merit badge on…