Each year, people trash 12 billion tons of flexible plastic packaging”

A useful estimate of all the plastics ever made is only 8 billion tons. What is it with journalists and numbers?

16 thoughts on “Yer Wot?”

  1. “It’s only a matter of time before the landfill space runs out,” said Frank Sau, communications director for Mascaro & Sons, which also manages several local landfills.

    Director Joseph Mascaro told HuffPost that flexible plastics account for 1 percent of his recycling haul, or about 100 tons a month.

    Landfill space aka quarries are not in short supply.

    Villagers’ war with Oxford college over ‘toxic’ quarry as campaigners …
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7093029/Villagers-war-Oxford-college-toxic-quarry.html

    Plastic: don’t recycle, reuse – burn it to generate electricity

  2. Anyone concerned with landfill space has never been to New Mexico.

    Decades ago I flew out west. I was dumbfounded by the lack of ANYTHING from Amarillo, TX, to San Diego, CA. A half million square miles of double ought nothing.

  3. So, 2 tons per person per year…
    It’s not just that they are ignorant, or stupid. They must be totally unwilling to think.

  4. @ NDReader
    Don’t find excuses – they can, and sometimes do, think when it suits them.
    The word is “liar”
    I was recently accused (on another site) of “bias” because I want to check Grauniad “facts” (I pointed out that the one in question was deliberately misleading)

  5. The best thing you can do with processed oil is use it as many times as possible in processed form and then convert it to energy when the energy requirements for further processing is greater than the remaining energy extractable from it. Which is just a basic statement of thermodynamics.

    Sheffield use to have something like 90% recycling rates until the government fiddled the rules and removed recyling waste into heat & leccy from the figures.

  6. What is it with journalists and numbers?

    They are liars? Genuine, deliberate liars, who we trust for some unfathomable reason?

  7. @jgh
    “The best thing you can do with processed oil is use it as many times as possible in processed form and then convert it to energy when the energy requirements for further processing is greater than the remaining energy extractable from it. Which is just a basic statement of thermodynamics.”
    Surprisingly people don’t seem to realize this.

  8. Anyone concerned about landfill space has not seen the super-quarry at Glensanda.

    The problem is nothing to do with available space but everything to do with the EU slapping a tax on us to stop us filling our own holes in the ground.

  9. I want to insist on a separate 5p plastic bag for every item I buy at the supermarket then throw them in the bins outside once I’ve unloaded the stuff into my car. It’s not likely to add more than £2 on to a shopping bill and would be worth it to laugh at any ‘green’ luvvies who react in horror.

  10. Plastic isn’t the problem – it’s what we do with it

    virtue-signallers vs wallet-signallers

    I’m really angry that Morrisons has caved to the “plastic bad” mob – loose veg, weighed in paper bag = more expensive.

    A penny here, tuppence there, sixpence on the mushrooms…. the higher the £/kg veg price, the more the paper bag costs.

    Food waste – FO. I bought it, I can do what I want with it.

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