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Reasons for Recycling Rate Decrease

Posted by Kejsi Ago on October 25, 2022

The reasons for the putative decrease in recycling rate include the increase in plastic production, flat change in recycling capacity, and China no longer accepting our recyclables. A Time magazine article further suggests that the estimated 9% recycling rate from 2018 was inflated because most of the plastic we sent to China was landfilled or incinerated. Another interesting point: an estimated 30-36% of collected PET is wasted in the recycling process.


The original report can be accessed here: . Table 2 provides estimates and sources.