Greenpeace USA calls plans by major consumer goods companies to ramp up ‘chemical recycling’ a “risky, expensive, and potentially hazardous distraction”

April 15, 2022

“‘Chemical recycling’ is a risky, expensive, and potentially hazardous distraction being pushed by the plastic industry to protect business as usual.

© Justin Hofman / Greenpeace

Washington, DC –  In response to the recent announcement by the Consumer Goods Forum Plastic Waste Coalition on scaling chemical recycling technologies to address the plastic pollution crisis, Graham Forbes, Global Plastics Project Lead at Greenpeace USA, said:

“‘Chemical recycling’ is a risky, expensive, and potentially hazardous distraction being pushed by the plastic industry to protect business as usual. These types of unproven technologies only encourage more plastic to be produced, generating more pollution that harms communities and the climate. Big brands like Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Nestle, and Unilever need to focus on reducing their reliance on plastic packaging instead of pushing for costly and questionable end-of-pipe distractions like chemical recycling.”

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