Professor Castaldi shares his thoughts and insights on how and why WTE should be part of the solution for non-recycled plastic wastes. It is widely recognized that plastics collected for recycled do not all get recycled. Currently, only about 9% of plastics that are collected for recycling actually get recycled, with the remainder going primarily to landfills. Since the restrictions placed by China on waste imports, the problem of waste and how to best manage it has gotten more attention. Although reduction, reuse, and recycling should be aggressively pursued, waste-to-energy needs to increase to enable the extraction of useful energy from the plastic waste that is currently going to landfills.
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