US Recycling Has Turned Out to Be Rubbish
They’re throwing it all away. After years of information campaigns, Americans finally caught on to recycling — then China, where most U.S. recyclables were sent, levied tough new restrictions on “foreign waste.” Amid higher processing costs, many towns and cities now “can’t afford” to recycle anymore, so they’re turning to incineration and landfills to manage the estimated 61 million metric tons of recyclables Americans collect each year.
What’s the environmental impact? Landfills release methane, while experts say incineration facilities can be more detrimental to the air than coal plants.
Read this OZY story on how even Germans botch their recycling.