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New Yorkers are worried about the waste crisis but don’t see a plastic ban as fix

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A recent survey conducted by The Harris Poll, under Stagwell (NASDAQ: STGW), reveals that a significant majority of New Yorkers view molecular recycling positively as a solution to the ongoing waste crisis. Over 78% of respondents believe this innovative recycling method could alleviate the burdens of traditional recycling processes and contribute to a more sustainable lifestyle. The survey included 1,092 residents across diverse political and demographic backgrounds, highlighting broad support for advanced recycling techniques over the imposition of a plastic ban.

New Study by Stagwell’s (STGW) The Harris Poll: New Yorkers are Worried about the Waste Crisis but Don’t See a Plastic Ban as a Solution

Despite the essential role plastics play in daily life, with about 70% of New Yorkers finding plastics indispensable, there is a strong consensus against eliminating plastic use. A substantial number of those surveyed expressed concerns that a ban could lead to job losses, higher costs for goods, and increased difficulties for vulnerable populations, including the elderly and disabled. Molecular recycling stands out as a favored solution, converting plastic waste back into basic components to produce new, high-quality plastic products. This method can handle many types of plastics that traditional recycling methods cannot, thereby reducing landfill and incinerator use.


The poll also indicated political implications, with over 70% of New Yorkers saying they would be disappointed if their state representatives opposed molecular recycling. Among these, 55% stated they would vote against any representative hindering this recycling innovation in future elections. This sentiment was even stronger among registered Democrats, with 63% ready to oppose their representatives at the polls over this issue. The findings underscore the importance New Yorkers place on sustainable practices and the potential political costs for state legislators not supporting pro-environmental policies.