BOSTON — The plastic water bottle has become a symbol of waste. In April, Concord, Mass., banned the sale of single-serving bottles altogether. But the recycling industry can’t get enough of those bottles — and all the other plastic detritus of modern life — to turn into new products. WGBH News examined recent developments in recycling and learned that the conventional wisdom about water bottles might be wrong.
- We order boatloads of plastic bottles from China every day
- The recycling industry in the US makes serious dough collecting our plastic bottles
- 50 percent of all recycled plastic bottles in the US go right back to China
- Tons of additional emissions we don’t need
- Innefficiency in shipping out plastic that we should be keep in the states to use ourself
- Wasted water in plastic manufacturing process
- More ocean pollution in shipping process