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Why your recycling doesn't always get recycled

Updated: Feb 3


Why your recycling doesn't always get recycled

Recycling plastic is a complex process that is affected by a variety of factors, including the type of plastic, the quality of the material, and the infrastructure available for processing and repurposing the plastic. One of the main challenges with recycling plastic is that it is not always economically viable for recycling facilities to accept and process certain types of plastic. Additionally, many facilities lack the technology or capacity to properly sort and recycle different types of plastic. As a result, a significant amount of plastic ends up in landfills or the ocean.


Another issue is that not all plastic is created equal. Some types of plastic are more easily recyclable than others, and the recycling process can vary depending on the type of plastic. For example, PET (polyethylene terephthalate) is a type of plastic that is commonly used in water bottles and is relatively easy to recycle. However, other types of plastic, such as PVC (polyvinyl chloride) and polystyrene, are not as easily recyclable and are often not accepted by recycling facilities.


Furthermore, the quality of the plastic material also plays a role in the recycling process. Plastic that is dirty, contaminated, or of poor quality is less likely to be recycled and may be rejected by recycling facilities.


In conclusion, recycling plastic is a complex process that is affected by a variety of factors, including the type of plastic, the quality of the material, and the infrastructure available for processing and repurposing the plastic. While recycling can help to reduce the amount of plastic waste in landfills and the ocean, it is not a perfect solution and more needs to be done to improve the infrastructure and technology for recycling plastic.

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