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Mon February 24, 2020

Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) President & CEO Tony Radoszewski:

“The February 18 report released by Greenpeace is part of a targeted campaign against the nearly one million Americans employed by the plastics industry. Instead of seeking actual solutions, Greenpeace chooses to release sensationalist ‘studies’ that do nothing to address the real issue. There is a lack of sufficient recycling infrastructure for all materials in the U.S. and this must be addressed. However, lifecycle analyses consistently show that, on the whole, plastics are more environmentally beneficial than alternative materials — and even more so when they are successfully recycled into new materials. 

We take issue with the report for many reasons, and there is already an ongoing industry-wide dialogue about how the recycling system is performing today and how it could perform with an updated infrastructure. Measures like the RECOVER Act—which would designate funds to improve the recycling infrastructure in this country—and other efforts like the RECYCLE Act and the Save Our Seas 2.0 Act are the kinds of legislation our industry supports in order to build a robust recycling system here in the U.S.”

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About Plastics Industry Association

The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS), formerly SPI, is the only organization that supports the entire plastics supply chain, representing nearly one million workers in the $451 billion U.S. industry. Since 1937, PLASTICS has been working to make its members and the industry more globally competitive while advancing recycling and sustainability. To learn more about PLASTICS’ education initiatives, industry-leading insights and events, networking opportunities and policy advocacy, and North America’s largest plastics trade show, NPE: The Plastics Show, visit plasticsindustry.org. Connect with PLASTICS on TwitterFacebookLinkedIn and Instagram.