CBS reports on the “Fraud of Plastic Recycling” ~ 5 to 6 percent of it is actually recycled.

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CBS reports on the “Fraud of Plastic Recycling” ~ 5 to 6 percent of it is actually recycled.

CBS calls out plastic industry over “Fraud of Plastic Recycling”, see newscast from April 14, 2024.

About 48 million tons of plastic waste is generated in the U.S. each year; only 5 to 6 percent of it is actually recycled.

Plastic is made from oil and gas, Big Oil and the plastics industry have deceptively promoted recycling as a solution to plastic waste management for more than 50 years, despite their long-standing knowledge that plastic recycling is not technically or economically viable at scale. Visit “Center for Climate Integrity” for full report.

Since the 1970s, major petrochemical companies, plastic manufactures and members of the American Chemistry Council knew that the majority of plastic products could never be effectively recycled. So they ran a coordinated campaign to convince consumers to use their products.

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) supports the plastic industry and even admits that 90% of all plastics aren’t being recycled. Currently The American Chemistry Council is stepping up efforts to greenwash its massive plastic pollution problem as reported on ExxonKnews. ACC is spending more than $500,000 running commercials for recycling plastics and to increase use.

Plastic production is set to triple by 2050, and with so much plastic waste piling up on land and sea, more than 170 countries are working on a United Nations treaty to end plastic pollution.


Posted by

David Popoff
Connecticut Licensed Real Estate Broker
Realtor® Green
Seller Representative Specialist
Accredited Buyer Representative


DMK Real Estate, Darien, CT.
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello David and I keep hearing this from friends but I still recycle because I want it to be a better earth for my grandkids.  Can I reblog this?


May 06, 2024 07:03 AM
David Popoff

Will Hamm YES you can reblog.

I agree we still need to recycle.

Best Dave

May 06, 2024 07:06 AM
Michael Elliott
Fathom Realty - Burlington Township, NJ
Burlington, New Jersey Residential Sales

Fraud and lies from our government?  No way!

May 06, 2024 07:16 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

This issue has been "whispered about" for many years. All I can say is ditto to Michael Elliott's comment.

May 06, 2024 07:30 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

David this is very disappointing news for those of us who make an effort to be careful what we put in the trash or recycle bin.

May 06, 2024 10:38 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi David- I've heard similar rumors and yet we still recycle.

May 06, 2024 01:02 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Dave - investigation into all sorts of things can be like a rabbit hole adventure.  The similarities don't necessarily stop there nor do the differences.  Trips to truthfulness can be topsy-turvy at times.  

May 07, 2024 06:11 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good afternoon David Popoff ,

I'm so glad that Will Hamm re-bogged your post as I missed it. What a very disappointing to hear this news! We all try and recycle and then we find this out!

May 10, 2024 02:12 PM