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The New Plastics Economy


Plastic is ubiquitous in consumer products and packaging, and sadly also in our rivers, oceans, and other parts of our environment.  Most plastic, especially types #3 – #7, is used once and discarded.  Just over half is landfilled or incinerated, and only 10% is recycled. 

In a new plastics economy, plastic never becomes waste or pollution. Three actions are required to achieve this vision and create a circular economy for plastic. Eliminate all problematic and unnecessary plastic items. Innovate to ensure that the plastics we do need are reusable, recyclable, or compostable. Circulate all the plastic items we use to keep them in the economy and out of the environment.

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