Not every place in the United States has facilities for recycling plastic and I have lived in some of them over the last several years. I feel guilty throwing away anything plastic because I know it takes forever to break down and is bad for the environment.
As the video clip below illustrates, while about 90% of metals are effectively recycled, only about 5% of plastics are--but now there is hope! I found this video very interesting, particularly toward the end, and hope you do as well. It definitely seems like a breakthrough to me!