I sure do like the Web sometimes. Some perspicacious academic took it upon himself to drill through old plastics industry publications and pull out the industry’s attitudes towards waste and recycling. As he says,
On the one hand, they cultivate the idea that they are leading environmentalists and recycling advocates, especially when it comes to their own products. On the other hand, they promote wasting by landfilling and incineration, and they mount stealth attacks on the rest of the recycling industry. This collection of “sound bites” is from the back side of their message.
With positions like “garbage burns better with plastics” and “switching to reusables would threaten public health,” it’s a harrifying read. Positively Shestekian, as a matter of fact.
(BTW, harrifying isn’t a word, it’s a portmanteau of horrifying and harrowing. Coined it myself.) Here’s the link to the plastics page.