This is true but it doesn't negate the fact that what we do as individual consumers is barely a microscopic drop in the bucket in the grand scheme of the pollution and recycling process.You are the WORST offenders on the planet, and from some of the attitudes here, I don’t see that changing.
There was a very good opinion piece over at The Atlantic last month about the abysmal failure of our plastic recycling programs (archived, non-paywalled link) and it makes a lot of salient points about how making any real progress requires hard decisions and a complete sea change in methodologies at the industry level. To quote one part of the article:
Just one fast-food meal can involve many different types of single-use plastic, including PET#1, HDPE#2, LDPE#4, PP#5, and PS#6 cups, lids, clamshells, trays, bags, and cutlery, which cannot be recycled together. This is one of several reasons why plastic fast-food service items cannot be legitimately claimed as recyclable in the U.S.
With that knowledge in mind how, exactly, is an average consumer supposed to make a dent in the problem? Fast food chains and restaurants don't provide separate trash bins in the lobby to separate out plastics so they can be sent to the proper recycling processor and they certainly aren't wasting the time or manpower to sort it after-the-fact. The only choice would be to not eat out at all.
Straws and plastic bags used by consumers are the least of the problems when it comes to plastic pollution.