Myths About Plastic Pollution in Canada
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Myth 1: Plastic Pollution is the consumers' fault
Truth 1: Our recycling systems were never designed to handle the volume or complexity of plastics on the market today.
Myth 2: If there is a recycling symbol on a product, the item is considered eco-friendly.
Truth 2: This symbol has become a recognized symbol for whether or not something is recyclable or "eco-friendly" and it is simply not true. The people who are tasked with breaking down the material and finding a home for it are never contacted or asked about the material type. No one is policing this symbol. There is no penalty. A business can literally put this symbol on ANYTHING and have no repercussions for it.
Myth 3: If the item is recyclable and in the correct bin, it will be recycled.
Truth 3: It only gets recycled if there is an end market (someone needs to want it), and you have A LOT of all the same type (#) all sorted together. For the business that is collecting recycling, the sale price needs to also cover their sorting costs, otherwise they will collect it and throw it out to save money.