Victory: Construction of nation’s largest plastic-to-fuel facility canceled in Georgia

Plastic-to-fuel facilities expend huge amounts of energy and release toxic pollutants into the air and trashes our environment and our health.

Citizens and elected officials alike are starting to see through a cleverly constructed ruse for the plastics industry to — you guessed it — sell more plastic.

In early April, Georgia’s Macon-Bibb County canceled the construction of a facility for a deceptively named process called “chemical recycling,” which involves melting plastic waste and turning it back into fossil fuels. Plastic-to-fuel facilities expend huge amounts of energy and release toxic pollutants into the air — all while providing cover for the plastics industry to continue producing single-use items we don’t need under the guise that they can be “recycled” in this way.

“There are so many reasons this facility was a bad idea. Burning plastic trashes our environment and our health, and it doesn’t make financial sense, either,” said PIRG Environment Campaigns Director Matt Casale. 

“We’re relieved that Macon-Bibb has said ‘no’ to the plastic-to-fuel shell game once and for all, and we’ll continue working to promote other, more effective plastic waste solutions — namely banning the single-use items we can all live without.

Read more from our network partners at Environment Georgia.

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Photo: Burning mountains of plastic waste to make fuel will only further harm our environment and drive the continued production of unnecessary single-use items. The only way to truly tackle the plastic waste crisis is to stop producing so much of the stuff in the first place. Credit: Jose Angel Astor Roja via Shutterstock

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