"The rate of recycling was 45 percent for Tucson in its second year."
This plastic bag recycling rate is inaccurate. In calculating this percentage, "recycled plastic bags and FILM PLASTIC" are compared to "estimates of plastic bags used." Not exactly an apples-to-apples comparison when you consider the ENORMOUS amount of film plastic generated by retailers and grocers from the pallet deliveries they receive. This amount of film plastic skews the reported recycling rate upward. When members of the city's Plastic Bag Committee took a look at these numbers in more detail - and toured Basha's recycling facility - their estimate shows that Tucson's plastic bag recycling rate is probably not much different than the national average (4.5% as reported by the EPA).
Here is a pertinent question to ask in the plastic bag debate: why are we using such a high valued natural resource (be it natural gas or petroleum) to create such a non-durable and short-lived product?
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