NWRA Issues White Paper Dispelling Myths about Recycling Plastics

NWRA Issues White Paper Dispelling Myths about Recycling Plastics

Arlington, VA – The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) released its latest white paper, “Dispelling Plastics Recycling Myths.” Recent reports in the news suggested that recycling plastic is too difficult and perhaps plastic shouldn’t be recycled at all.

“The goal of this white paper, and all our white papers, is to explain issues facing the waste and recycling industry with facts,” said NWRA President and CEO Darrell Smith. “While water bottles, milk jugs and laundry detergent bottles are commonly recycled, the fact is that not all plastics are recyclable, and this white paper explains the issues surrounding plastics recycling.”

Plastic recycling is happening. NWRA member companies are making significant investments in new infrastructure to improve recycling. To achieve true circularity in recycling, NWRA has developed model legislation to create additional demand for plastics by requiring minimum post-consumer recycled content.


The National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) represents the private sector waste and recycling services industry. Association members conduct business in all 50 states and include companies that manage waste, recycling and medical waste, equipment manufacturers and distributors, and a variety of other service providers. For more information about NWRA, please visit www.wasterecycling.org.

Brandon Wright
National Waste and Recycling Association