It should be easier for people trying to reduce waste to know what’s recyclable–and they should be able to expect that means it will be recycled, too. Let’s ask the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to make sure recycling labels tell the real story.
A new “widely recyclable” label created by the plastics industry will make it look as though many plastics can be recycled. But widely used plastics like polypropylene are not widely recycled — only 2.7% of polypropylene plastic packaging is recycled in the U.S.
Let’s help people get the information they need and tell the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that “widely recyclable” labels shouldn’t apply to plastic that never gets recycled.