Thursday, August 18, 2011

Fact of the Day---Over 50% of the plastic bottles we "recycle" go to (mostly) China for processing...Think about that when you fill up your little recycling bin...How does THAT help the environment?

Bottle Recycling Plan Is Left at the Curb: For Coke, Supply of Used Plastic From Neighborhood Programs Falls Short as Demand Climbs in China

""A bit more than half of the PET bottles recovered for recycling in the U.S. since 2006 have been shipped to other countries—mostly China, which refashions them into fiber for clothing and furniture. It often costs less to transport PET bales on empty ships returning to China than to transport them across the U.S., according to industry officials.""
Notice is says it "costs less"..I am guessing they are only counting direct, accounting costs.  How about the cost of the pollution and non-renewable resources consumed in transporting the plastic to China AND BACK! Should we just bury it in the ground and be done with it??

This graphic below was a part of the article. I was somewhat surprised to see how much recycling of plastic bottles is actually done compared to the number of plastic bottles produced, roughly a 1 to 4 ratio.

Source: Wall Street Journal
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