Wherever you look, you can find plastic. It is no doubt that their presence is undeniable and their wide use is prominent. While there are efforts to fight the growing solid waste problem of the country, the issue is really not that big. What you might know about the impact of plastic on the environment might be a little exaggerated.
Despite the wide use of plastic (which ranges from plastic bags to polyethylene films), it does not mean that there is a great problem in their disposal. There might be areas where plastic is at a higher percentage in their landfills, but in general, the numbers are not that great. In the neighboring country of Canada, for example, most landfills only contain one percent or less of plastic products. This is because the materials that end up in the dump site are lightweight uneconomically recyclable remnants. This includes Tetra-Paks and plastic bags. Most of the thick and heavy variations like plastic bottles are recycled and end up being reused for other purposes.
Recyclable plastic and the economy
It is a wide misconception that plastic is highly recyclable, the proper term would be down cycling. No product can be made purely from recycled plastic, rather, it needs to be mixed with virgin components. This has resulted to a bit of dilemma in the recycling industry, however, it did not limit the expansion and success. As a matter of fact, in the U.S., there are more than 1,600 plastic recycling plants that process various plastic resins. With their numbers, they generate an observable lump on the economy.
The propagation of wrong information about the material has led to petitions and battle against its usage. However, the real statistics state otherwise. Being a necessity and proving its clean record, manufacturers of polyethylene films will be continuing business without making an impact on the environment.