Recycling is not the answer
“Out of sight, out of mind” is not the best approach when it comes to recycling. Just because the recycling gets collected in your blue box every week, it doesn’t mean the job stops there. In fact, that is just the beginning of the journey your recycling is about to take.
Depending on the collection methods your local municipalities practice, most recycling materials have to go through a sorting, cleaning, baling process before the plastic pallets can be sold for remanufacturing. Each of these steps not only requires a significant amount of energy, but also creates by-products that need to be landfilled or incinerated.
Landfill or incineration often marks the “grave” of the plastic life cycle. However, the consequences and environmental impacts do not end at the landfill. Impacts such as toxin accumulation in soils, leaching into our waterways, and releasing greenhouse gases to the air are among the most common issues.