PLASTICS statement on National Recycling Day

PLASTICS statement on National Recycling Day

Sustainability

Plastics Industry Association statement in observance of National Recycling Day

Matt Seaholm, President & CEO of the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) released the statement below in observance of National Recycling Day, or America Recycles Day, the official national observance dedicated to promoting recycling across the United States:

"Recycling Day reminds us that without the actual process of recycling, we would head down the wrong path in the face of environmental challenges. Recycling is real and the plastics industry is committed to solutions in sustainability that reduce plastic waste.
"The plastics industry has invested billions of dollars into recycling technology in an effort to increase recycling rates with billions more announced, and we are proud to be part of the solution. While the recycling efforts of communities and business throughout the United States have helped with the success and growth of recycling rates, America can do better.
"The great news is that we are recycling billions of pounds of plastic every year and that number is only going up – but we need to recycle more. Working with other industries in the recycling stream, we need to make it easier for consumers to get more material to our recyclers and keep that valuable plastic in the economy instead of in a landfill.
"Plastic is a miracle material that saves lives, saves energy, saves food stocks, reduces emissions and improves our quality of life. We are working hard on implementing solutions to the environmental challenges that we face: We love plastic, but we hate plastic waste."

This article was originally published by PLASTICS.

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