Plastics recycling has consequences for people and the planet and it may just be a scam


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Adnan R. Khan is an independent writer and editor based in Amsterdam and Istanbul. A new report published last month by the U.S.-based Center for Climate Integrity has made some of the most specific and explosive accusations against the petrochemical industry to date, accusing it of a “decades-long campaign of fraud and deception about the recyclability of plastics.” More than 99 per cent of plastics are produced from fossil fuels, the report notes, and the “vast majority” cannot be processed and remanufactured into new products. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last reported America’s plastic recycling rate at 8.7 per cent,...