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.
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