Most plastic was never designed to be recyclable, and it will never be recycled. We can’t keep trying to manage plastic waste. We need to look for solutions that hold polluters accountable and shut off the plastic production pipeline.
Deceptively named false solutions like “advanced recycling,” “chemical recycling,” and “molecular recycling” are nothing more than a magic act. Fossil fuel giants use smoke-and-mirrors to pretend that they’ve somehow made single-use plastics “sustainable.” But in reality, “advanced recycling” is just a different way to burn plastic.
We live in a single-use world centered on convenience and controlled by the big companies that profit off throwaway junk. The good news? It doesn’t have to be this way! We can replace many single-use products and move towards a reuse future
Confronting our country’s plastic problem feels impossible. Especially as our recycling systems fail us. And as corporations find new ways to make their products more disposable and polluting. But that’s why I care so much about this issue – and why I spend every day pushing for changes to our waste systems. Because while our waste crisis may feel impossible to solve, I know it’s not.
Across the U.S., outdated waste systems that bury or burn trash persistently harm people, our climate, and the environment. Living about a mile from the Southbridge Landfill in central Massachusetts, my family, my community, and I know this all too well.