Biodegradable plastics are a costly, ineffective barrier to the growth of plastics recycling technologies and recycled polyethylene terephthalate at a time when both are in high demand, writes Clare Goldsberry. Only 29.3% of PET bottles were recycled in 2017, per American Chemistry Council and Association of Plastic Recyclers data, which shows how much potential there is to recover PET and convert it to rPET, she writes.
Pursue recycled plastics over biodegradable options
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