Plastic Recycling Deception

Emissions, Plastic, Financial Risk & Reward, Shareholder Engagement, Transparency & Traceability, Equity

The global plastic industry’s long-standing narrative of recycling as the panacea for plastic pollution is debunked in this report by Planet Tracker, which sheds light on the deceptive practices employed by the plastic industry, urging stakeholders to re-evaluate their approach to plastic waste management. The industry’s use of resin identification codes (RIC), often mistaken for recycling symbols, has misled policymakers, regulators and consumers into believing in the circularity of plastic. Planet Tracker’s report reveals a stark reality: globally, 91% of plastic is not recycled.

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