Plastic Recycling Schemes Generate High Volumes of Hazardous Waste

No System Proposed or in Use Can Meet Next Decade’s Explosion in Plastic Waste.

Major investments in chemical recycling, plastic-to-fuel, and incineration to manage plastic waste is generating high volumes of highly hazardous waste and toxic emissions, according to a new report released today.

The report Plastic Waste Management Hazards is the first study providing a detailed account of how current investments in recycling schemes, both mechanical and chemical, will have very little impact on a growing, worldwide plastic pollution problem and will increase exposure to toxic chemicals in the communities where they are located.

Resource Location: Mexico

This study is the first global insurance industry study on managing the risks associated with plastic pollution, marine plastic litter and microplastics. It identifies how risks related to plastic pollution play out across insurance lines and asset classes in which insurers invest. It argues that insurers should take an active role in addressing the risks related to plastic pollution and in contributing to global efforts to reduce it.

Tackling plastic waste and pollution is the cause celebre in 2018 and will only surge for 2019. Businesses are under enormous societal and impending regulatory pressure to find viable solutions to reduce, eliminate and reuse plastics.

To help you tackle this vast plastic problem and identify scalable solutions, we have interviewed industries leaders to share their experiences and insight in our newly produced white paper. Get exclusive insights from:

  • Melissa Wang, Senior Scientist, Greenpeace
  • Joe Franses, Vice-President, Sustainability, Coca-Cola European Partners
  • Risto Vapola, Technical Product Manager, Neste
  • Jon Khoo, Innovation Partner, Interface
  • Tom Domen, Global Head Long Term Innovation Manager, Ecover / Method
  • Jane Bevis, Chair, On-Pack Recycling Label
  • Beverley Cornaby, Programme Manager, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)
  • Chris Brown, Managing Director, Clean Tech
  • David Moon, Head of Business Collaboration, Waste & Resources Action
  • Dune Ives, Executive Director, Lonely Whale
  • John Burke, Chief Marketing Officer, Bacardi

Despite decades of deceptive industry marketing, we know we can’t recycle our way out of the plastic pollution crisis. But the companies making and selling plastic—and their trade association surrogate the American Chemistry Council—aren’t giving up. Instead, they’re doubling down to mislead investors, governments, and the public into believing we can. This Greenpeace report reveals how they’re using the fantasy of chemical recycling to do it.

Break Free From Plastic is calling on the top polluters highlighted in the Global Brand Audit Report 2019 report to lead the way in revealing how much single-use plastic they use, setting clear, public, measurable targets on how they will reduce the quantity of single-use plastic items they produce, and finally to completely reinvent their product delivery systems in order to avoid creating more plastic pollution.

Break Free From Plastic is calling on the top polluters highlighted in the Global Brand Audit Report 2018 to lead the way in revealing how much single-use plastic they use, setting clear, public, measurable targets on how they will reduce the quantity of single-use plastic items they produce, and finally to completely reinvent their product delivery systems in order to avoid creating more plastic pollution.