I’ve found the Guardian UK’s coverage of the climate crisis and other environmental issues to be absolutely top drawer. This series will be worth following
What happens to your plastic after you drop it in a recycling bin?
According to promotional materials from America’s plastics industry, it is whisked off to a factory where it is seamlessly transformed into something new.
United States of Plastic, a Guardian US series running for the remainder of 2019, will reveal what really happens – and the consequences of our reliance on this miracle material.
Only 9% of plastic has ever been recycled, and today the recycling system is breaking down. Plastic is being landfilled, burned or dispatched to developing nations, where it is probably being disposed of improperly, to the detriment of people who can least afford to deal with the consequences. Plastic waste and microplastics are found everywhere from whales’ stomachs to aquifers deep underground. America is a nation in a plastic-coated crisis.
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