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Exploring the Challenges in Big Plastic’s $1.5 Billion Global Cleanup Initiative

All the plastic recycled at Wat Chak Luk Ya Community Enterprise is carefully cleaned, dried and sorted. Photographer: Andre Malerba/Bloomberg

Nearly four years post the initiation of the Alliance to End Plastic Waste, its practical recycling impact is minimal when contrasted with the fresh plastic output from its primary members—petrochemical companies. In May 2021, the X-Press Pearl, a container ship, caught fire and sank off the coast of Sri Lanka, spilling billions of plastic pellets […]