What is the environmental impact of recycling plastic?



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    Recycling plastic uses a lot of energy. First, simply transporting the plastic to a processing plant uses energy. Processing the material back into a usable form and transporting it to where it will be used also requires energy. Typically this energy is provided by fossil fuels, which emit global-warming-causing greenhouse gases. Nevertheless, recycling plastic is still about two thirds less energetically expensive than making it from scratch.

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