Plastics Recycling

» How Big Oil Misled The Public Into Believing Plastic Would Be Recycled
By Laura Sullivan, NPR
September 11, 2020

» This ‘solution’ to the plastic crisis is really just another way to burn fossil fuels
By Joseph Winters, Grist
August 3, 2020

» Plastic pollution: why chemical recycling could provide a solution
By Alvin Orbaek White, The Conversation
April 21, 2020

» Is turning waste plastic into fuel the answer to our waste management and energy woes? Probably not…
By Steve Ahlquist, Uprise RI
March 13, 2020

» America’s ‘recycled’ plastic waste is clogging landfills, survey finds
Many facilities lack the ability to process ‘mixed plastics’, a category of waste that has virtually no market as new products
By Erin McCormick, The Guardian
February 18 2020

» The Great Recycling Con
The greatest trick corporations ever played was making us think we could recycle their products.
By Tala Schlossberg and Nayeema Raza, New York Times Opinion
December 9, 2019

» New Factory That Uses Enzymes to Recycle All Plastics At Once Has the Backing of Major Corporations
By Good News Network
October 27, 2019

» Leaked Audio Reveals How Coca-Cola Undermines Plastic Recycling Efforts
Sharon Lerner, The Intercept
October 18, 2019

» In this “biorecycling” factory, enzymes perfectly break down plastic so it can be used again
The process lets any plastic—say a polyester shirt—be recycled into any other plastic (like a clear water bottle). It could fundamentally change the market for recycling.
By Adele Peters, Fast Company
October 17, 2019

» Recycling Is in Crisis. Could These Innovations Be the Answer?
Now that China is turning away the world’s recyclable waste, Australia wants to ban export of the materials and increase domestic processing. Here are some techniques being pursued.
By Livia Albeck-Ripka, New York Times
August 12, 2019

» Recyclers Cringe as Southeast Asia Says It’s Sick of the West’s Trash
By Mike Ives, New York Times
June 7, 2019

» Cold Plasma Pyrolysis: How We Can Turn Plastic Waste Into Clean Energy and Useful Products in Seconds
By Anh Phan, Newcastle University, UK; Article republished in Newsweek
October 2, 2018

» The Conflict of Interest That Is Killing Recycling
Some of the biggest recycling operations are owned by landfill companies whose profits improve when recycling doesn’t work well.
By David Bornstein, New York Times Opinion
August 15, 2018

» The Chinese import ban and its impact on global plastic waste trade
By Amy L. Brooks, Shunli Wang, Jenna R. Jambeck; Science Advances
June 20, 2018

» Recycled plastic could supply three-quarters of UK demand, report finds
By Sandra Laville, The Guardian
June 14, 2018

» Infinitely Recyclable ‘Plastic’ Has Been Invented by Scientists
By Aristos Georgiou, Newsweek
April 27, 2018

» Can I recycle ANY plastic bags at the grocery store, including thicker packaging plastic and ziplocs?
December 2017