A study sponsored by the American Chemistry Council and conducted by researchers at Columbia University's Earth Engineering Center reports that if the U.S. were to divert all of its nonrecycled plastics from landfills to waste-to-energy plants, the electricity generated could power 5.2 million U.S. homes each year. "Whenever possible, plastics should be recycled. But when plastics aren't recycled, there is tremendous opportunity to recover this abundant energy source to power our homes, vehicles and businesses," said Steve Russell, vice president for plastics at ACC.

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