"Since 1950, the world has created 6.3 trillion kilograms of plastic
waste — and 91 percent has never been recycled even once, according to a
landmark 2017 study published in the journal Science Advances.
Unlike aluminum, which can be recycled again and again, plastic
degrades in reprocessing, and is almost never recycled more than once. A
plastic soda bottle, for example, might get downcycled into a carpet.
Modern technology has hardly improved things: Of the 78 billion
kilograms of plastic packaging materials produced in 2013, only 14
percent were even collected for recycling, and just two percent were
effectively recycled to compete with virgin plastic. “Recycling delays,
rather than avoids, final disposal,” the Science authors write. And most plastics persist for centuries."
Baby Boomers ignored the waste their wonderful technologies would produce.