Why Recycling Plastic Matters
For years, the need for recycling has been taught in classrooms and throughout workplaces. Unfortunately, even with this education there are some very surprising facts when it comes to plastics.
It takes up to 500 years to decompose plastic items in landfills
According to EPA, only 9.5% of plastic material generated in the U.S. Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) stream was recycled in 2014. Another 15% was combusted for energy, while 75.5% was sent to landfills. The landfilled proportion accounted for 18.5% by weight of MSW landfilled.
The percentage of plastic waste in the municipal solid waste stream in the U.S. increased to 12 percent in 2008 from less than 1 percent in 1960.
In 2008, the total amount of plastic waste in the U.S. was approximately 30 million tons, including 13 million tons of plastic packaging, and containers, 11 million tons of durable plastic products and the remaining 6 million tons categorized as non-durable plastic items.
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