"...and millions of pounds are recycled each year into durable outdoor decking and low-maintenance fencing."Of course that's not recycling, it is "down-cycling."
Fewer than 5% of bags are ever turned in to recycling programs. But turning that 5% into other products means that more raw materials (petroleum and natural gas) are used to make new bags. And the plastic "lumber" and fencing itself is not recyclable, only land-fillable. "Durable" and "low maintenance" are code words that mean they will still be around thousands of years from now, persisting in the environment because a homeowner got tired of that deck or fence and wanted a new look. (See my previous post, with diagrams, on this issue.)
This is not a pro-environment policy, it is a pro-plastics industry policy. It allows companies to continue manufacturing and selling an unsustainable product, while creating a way for them to cheaply access that product once it has been discarded so they can make more profit from selling it back to us in another form.