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Policymakers can renew the recycling system through three actions

New white paper from Eastman spotlights ways to expand recycling

Policymakers have the power to address the plastic waste crisis through three actions that would renew an inadequate recycling system unchanged for several decades, concludes a new white paper published today by Eastman.

"Three ways policymakers can renew the recycling system: The critical connection between public policy, advanced technologies, and recycling capacity" was developed by a team of public policy experts at Eastman, a global leader in advanced recycling technologies that can process and renew almost any kind of plastic. The white paper's authors analyzed gaps in the current recycling infrastructure for recycling plastic and the technology solutions and complementary policy changes that can close those gaps. A study by McKinsey & Company shows that only 12 percent of the 300 million tons of plastic produced annually is processed by traditional recycling – the rest goes to landfills or incinerators or, worse, ends up in the environment and waterways. The white paper outlines how smart policy reforms can enact critical change.

Read the full release here.

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