'Big Plastic' is focused on one thing:-
growth and the unfettered profit that comes from it - planet be damned !
Take the time (~10mins) to read it until the end - An important article to get you thinking about the ways of the world .......
The top alternative to burying plastic in a landfill is not
recycling. It’s fire. Over the past six decades, far more plastic
has been incinerated than collected for reuse. This incinerator,
outside of Oregon’s capital, Salem, is operated by Covanta,
which runs similar waste-to-energy plants on the East Coast
that burn trash for New York and Philadelphia. For months
after China roiled recycling markets in 2018, Philadelphia
tasked Covanta with burning half the city’s “recycling” that had
nowhere else to go.
Roughly a third of the trash is plastic. Households served by this
plant have recently been instructed to toss out hard-to-recycle
plastics (yogurt containers, beer cups — anything with a
recycling number higher than 2), and those items now come
here to burn. When the operator is satisfied with the mix, he
hoists a grapple load to a height of 90 feet and dumps it into the
hopper — fueling the incinerator that generates electricity for
the local grid. The extreme temperature of the burner, 2,000
degrees, creates a near-complete combustion that neutralizes
most toxic compounds in plastic. But incineration returns
plastic to its origins as a fossil fuel, creating carbon pollution
that escapes through a candy-striped smokestack, in a white
wisp that’s visible for miles.