Companies knew for decades recycling was not viable but promoted it regar

  • @Chinzon@beehaw.org
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    2 months ago

    To anyone paying attention to the natural progression of capitalism in our society, this should come as no surprise. At every turn we are incentivised to lie, cheat and steal at the detriment of current and future communities. Little will come of this “revelation” and frankly I’m exhausted.

    • Altima NEO
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      222 months ago

      And it’s been known for a while now that plastics recycling is bullshit. Yet nothing has really happened.

      • Powderhorn
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        32 months ago

        1 and 2 are viable … in certain situations. Had they left resin codes off anything else, things would look different. But once you get to “other” and believe that’s going anywhere other than a landfill, that’s an education problem.

        • @Chinzon@beehaw.org
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          72 months ago

          Honestly though, in a lot of cases even if its possible to recycle it… if some shmuck isn’t poised to profit off it noone will do it. Maybe I am just a doomer, but it hurts knowing that we have the tools to make such a better world… And instead we’ve built this special little hell in our corner of the universe

          • @Zworf@beehaw.org
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            Yeah i think recycling plastic is possible, we just have to pay for it. If the market won’t bear it, simply make it a public service.

            We can’t really tackle the climate and keep capitalism at the same time, they are completely contrary.

        • Altima NEO
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          32 months ago

          Well the other issue, for example, my recycling pickup only takes very specific containers.

          Even if it’s the right plastic, they’ll only take round containers like jugs and tubs, no take out trays, no lids, etc.

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    182 months ago

    Remember when the petroleum industry sold us disposable plastic bags as a way to “save the trees”?

  • Powderhorn
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    162 months ago

    “They’re resin codes. Why would anyone associate three arrows forming a triangle with recycling? It’s not our fault consumers see any resemblance.”

  • @LoamImprovement@beehaw.org
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    72 months ago

    Oh no, big oil lied to us? The same big oil that hired think tanks to gaslight us about climate change after an Exxon funded study found that climate change was real and caused primarily by humans? No! Couldn’t be! Say it ain’t so!