Recycling is one of the most important actions currently available to reduce these impacts and represents one of the most dynamic areas in the plastics industry today. While plastics have been recycled since the 1970s, the quantities that are recycled vary geographically, according to plastic type and application. Approximately 50 per cent of plastics are used for single-use disposable applications, such as packaging, agricultural films and disposable consumer items, between 20 and 25% for long-term infrastructure such as pipes, cable coatings and structural materials, and the remainder for durable consumer applications with intermediate lifespan, such as in electronic goods, furniture, vehicles, etc.
Effectively recycling plastic is very hard and tends to be expensive, PRIMARILY because there are so many DIFFERENT kinds of plastic and no one has an EFFECTIVE FOOL-PROOF way of separating them so that they can be cost-effectively recycled. Whenever you have a mixture of non-compatible plastics (common because of above), the whole batch is basically non-recyclable with current technology. So far I have seen nothing to ameliorate the problem.
How can we effectively do plastic recycling, is by recycling it here in USA in Modern Environmentally sound, means having Zero impact on Environment, recycling plants. Which requires Taxing the Wall Street pals of Trump to spend Billions on building such ultra modern ultra clean recycling plants.
I mean think how stupid and waste of energy, and hence the Environment it is, to load all this trash into containers, ship them across the pacific Ocean to China and then unload them for recycling in modern plants there! What kind of a Government that had dropped the ball on a Nation would do such a thing!