Recycling a plastic bottle isn’t just turning it into a new bottle. “The recycling centers are potentially making things worse by actually creating microplastics faster and discharging them into both water and air,” says Deonie Allen, a coauthor of the paper and a microplastics researcher at the University of Birmingham. “This is yet another reason to do everything humanly possible to avoid purchasing plastics.”
I want more glass and metal packaging. I’ve tried. It’s not as easy as it should be. Hopefully, the industry reacts to that.