How Can We Recover More Plastics?

Plastics recycling has been growing for decades, which keeps more and more of these valuable materials out of landfills. But like any endeavor, there have been a few bumps along the way. Communities such as Boise, Idaho. Similar to other communities in the area, in response to China’s actions Boise announced at the beginning of 2018 that residents no longer could recycle certain plastics because the city had no immediate market for them. Instead, these formerly recyclable plastics needed to go in the trash. But due to behind-the-scenes efforts that had been underway since mid-2017, Boise actually soon was able to reverse that announcement… and demonstrate a way to keep many of those materials out of landfills, as part of the path toward advancing a “circular economy” for plastics.

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