Experts Decry ‘Funny Math’ Of Plastic Industry ‘Advanced Recycling’ Claims

"Environmental experts say there’s a strong possibility that a federal bill will be introduced in the U.S. that seeks to strengthen an industry known as “advanced recycling,” or “chemical recycling.”

While proponents of advanced recycling tout it as a solution to the ever-growing plastic pollution issue, critics say that it’s not recycling at all, but a highly polluting incineration process that converts plastic into fuel.

Experts say that current advanced recycling plants are able to operate with ease due to state laws that subject them to fewer regulations.

Critics say the passing of a federal bill into law would substantially increase the number of advanced recycling plants across the U.S., allowing them to evade many environmental regulations while disproportionately polluting the air in low-income communities and communities of color."

Elizabeth Claire Alberts report for Mongabay September 28, 2022.

Source: Mongabay, 09/30/2022