Is the Era of Recycling Over?

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You probably do some form of recycling if you live in the U.S. You probably separate paper from plastic and glass and metal. You rinse the bottles and cans, and you might put food scraps in a container destined for a composting facility. As you sort everything into the right bins, you probably assume that recycling is helping your community and protecting the environment. But is it? Are you in fact wasting your time?

Sweden now recycles 99 percent of its garbage

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Sweden burns half its rubbish to generate energy.

People in Sweden generally waste as much as people in other countries, around 461 kilograms per person each year.  But only one percent of that waste is ending up in landfills, thanks to the country’s innovative “recycling” program. (Video)

 

 

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Japanese inventor finds solution to global trash problem by converting plastic to oil

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This YouTube video about the invention of a plastic-to-oil converting machine went viral and exceeded 3.7 million views. This shows that concern over “the plastic problem” is certainly not going away, despite encouraging bans on and decreases in the use of plastic shopping bags.

 

 

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New bricks fabricated out of junk we aren’t using

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Millions of tons of waste from factories, building sites, and processing facilities are being turned into something besides landfill with a technology that has led researchers to fabricate bricks out of TVs, computers, paper waste, incinerator ash, rubble and other materials that were conventionally considered useless.

 

 

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Giant South Carolina tire dump visible from space

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South Carolina tire dump so large it is visible from space.

The giant pile of hundreds of thousands of tires isn’t easy to spot from the ground, sitting in a rural South Carolina clearing accessible by only a circuitous dirt path that winds through thick patches of trees. No one knows how all those tires got there, or when.  (Pics)

 

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