Is Your Plastic Actually Being Recycled? | NYT Opinion Is Your Plastic Actually Being Recycled? | NYT OpinionEveryone knows recycling is pretty easy to throw the Bottle Into the recycling bin, something akin to the end of Toy Story. 3, where they’re all heading to this big incinerator, it can be reshaped into sheets of plastic park bench, not the whole truth, especially for plastic. This is actually propaganda. We’Ve been spoon-fed since we were kids in commercial laughter, commercial, the industry that produces plastic and the retailers who sell it to us, and it makes perfect sense that they want. Like you and me. Pictures of big secret entire categories of papers and Plastics are rarely recycled of seven types of plastic that people put in the blue, bins. Five-Hole categories hardly ever get recycled at all. According to the EPA in 2017, as little as 8.4 % of a discarded plastic went through that magic recycling process, what happened to the rest? You probably guessed it minus the plastic that make it worse. We used to export 1/3 of our recycling a whopping 20 million tons a year, and he countries like China to deal with it for us. Games over China’s basically told us no more followed by the Philippines and Malaysia. This recycling shutout has caused hundreds of American municipalities to cut down or totally cancel their recycling programs in Eugene, Oregon or yogurt containers. You might be thinking if so little is actually getting recycled. Why does everything we buy seem to have that symbol on it? For a question us FTC, that’s the entity setup protect American consumers, like you and me, by setting rules on consumer labeling, but there guidelines around recycling or a bit confusing, basically to earn this symbol. 60 % of the people who buy that product should be able to recycle it, which seems to mean 60 % of buyers of that product with live in a place that can break down and reuse that thing. But then it gets more complicated like if a shower curtain package says recyclable, but either the curtain or the package isn’t recycle. Consider deceptive, but if it’s a bottle instead of a curtain and it’s the cap instead of a package, does not recyclable, then it’s totally fine and left the bottle. Has a non recyclable wrapping or is contaminated with food. Is anyone else last year was such a complicated regulations? Companies can get away with stamping recyclable label on products that are likely to be recycled like this or this or even this, and most of us wouldn’t even know, but somehow Kathleen Smith figured it out. Kathleen is a resident of Northern California. She loves coffee so much so that her grandkids call her grandma coffee and she loves being eco-friendly. So someone gifted her Keurig machine. The pot said that nice, Lil, cycling symbol and the Box even said: have your cup and recycle. It to but those pause when actually recyclable. She took Keurig to court to sue them for false advertising. Keurig changed some of its labels, but then they try to dismiss essentially cleaning what has happened. Hadn’T heard Kathleen, but the court disagreed Kathleen could have been hurt if she was misled and paying more for something she thought was recyclable and now a whole bunch of other Kathleen’s are lining up in a potential class. Action suit against just lost might eventually cause one company to clean up his act, but short of millions of crusading, Kathleen’s and court cases. How are we going to clean up the entire plastic? Bushing industry is FTC the rice and clear regulations and introduce costly penalties, and we need companies to stop hiding behind their green marketing poison, actually deal with aplastic crisis they created. Now you may be thinking so, should I not even bother recycling anymore? The point of this video is not to take all the responsibility off of individuals like you and me. Please keep recycling stuff is recyclable, but we’ve been made to feel that as long as we put our plastic in the blue bin, we’ve done and that’s just not true. The best thing we can really do is start buying as if nothing gets recycled, because that’s pretty much what’s going on it’s ridiculous. If we get to school this out of the trash can for this video The greatest trick corporations ever played was making us think we could recycle their products.
In the Video Op-Ed above, we debunk a recycling myth that has lulled us into guilt-free consumption for decades.
This holiday season, the United States Postal Service expects to ship almost one billion packages — cardboard boxes full of electronics and fabric and plastic galore. And the Environmental Protection Agency estimates that Americans generate 25 percent more waste in the period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s than during the rest of the year, an additional one million tons per week.
But hey, most of it is recyclable, right?
Well, not really.
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