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Greenpeace finds most 'recyclable' plastics are sent to landfills

Greenpeace recently published a study “to determine the legitimacy of ‘recyclable’ claims and labels on consumer plastic products.” The study involved a comprehensive survey of 367 material recovery facilities (MRFs) throughout the United States. Study findings have revealed several alarming results, including that many plastics labeled as recyclable are not actually recyclable. Recycling labels are intended to be “truthful advertising to consumers, prevention of harmful contamination in America’s recycling system, plus identification of products for elimination or redesign to reduce waste and plastic pollution.” All these product claims and labeling are under the jurisdiction of the U.S.


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