Sustainable “green” Chemistry


What fraction of plastics used in the United States are recycled?

In 2008, about 6.5% of the plastic waste generated was recycled. Roughly another 7.7% was burned to generate energy, while the majority of the remaining waste went into landfills. It is interesting to note that, as plastic production has continued to increase, the fraction of plastics being recycled has decreased. In some cases, this may simply be due to the increasing volume of plastic products or to the fact that it is not easy to build a profitable business around recycling plastics.


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