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Environmental engineer talks the future of recycling

Jenna Jambeck. (Photo by Dorothy Kozlowski/UGA)

Jenna Jambeck, professor of environmental engineering in the College of Engineering, was quoted in a recent Popular Science article discussing the future of plastic recycling.

Each person uses 234 pounds of plastic each year in America, putting national and global recycling plants under tremendous stress.

“Not producing trash in the first place will always be better than having something to recycle,” said Jambeck.

She explained that until the demand for single-plastic decreases, there will continue to be the recycling problem we have now.

Jambeck encouraged consumers to make educated decisions.

“Every time we can make a choice to not use single-use plastic, it makes a difference,” said Jambeck.