When the plastics industry is the third largest manufacturing industry in the United States, it’s not surprising that we have a lot of plastic that we use on a daily basis. But what happens to that plastic we use? While most of it, unfortunately, gets wasted and ends up in a landfill, much of it gets recycled into new material and used in new products. However, not everyone knows as much about recycling as they think they might. Here are some of the most common myths and misconceptions surrounding recycling, and the truth behind those myths.
Fact: This is a fairly common misconception, but there’s very little truth behind it. While historically recycling has used a significant amount of energy, modern technology allows recyclable plastics and other materials to be recycled using less energy than it would take to produce new material.
Fact: This myth is based in the fact that plastics are divided into certain categories for recycling, however, this doesn’t mean that they aren’t recyclable. Most single-stream recycling programs will take care of the sorting, but if you want to help, look for a recycling symbol with a number inside of it. Usually, this will be in a somewhat hidden location; for larger containers, like plastic water jugs, look on the bottom of the container. This will tell you what type of plastic it is made of, which can help you sort if you choose.
Fact: While it’s true that not everything that makes it into the recycling bin will be made into new material, that doesn’t mean that all recyclables are wasted. Most go into being made into new products after they’re broken down and processed.
Fact: Many plastic bottles and plastic water jugs today are made from recycled plastic, as well as many other plastic products. In fact, you’ve likely used a good amount of recycled plastics without even realizing that you are doing so. There’s very little difference between recycled plastics and new ones when it comes to changes that would be noticeable.
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