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by | Apr 18, 2024 | Life & Style

Plastic waste is polluting ecosystems, affecting health

In the bustling urban landscape of modern America lies a problem that’s as pervasive as it is pernicious: plastic waste. And despite the concerted efforts to recycle paper, cardboard and metals, plastic continues to permeate our landfills, oceans and even infiltrate our bodies.

A recent report by Greenpeace USA paints a stark picture of the situation, revealing that out of the estimated 51 million tons of plastic waste generated by U.S. households in 2021, a mere 2.4 million tons were recycled. This dismal figure underscores a larger issue – the failure of plastic recycling.

By Carrie Dunlea

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