Thread Index: Environment Officials Reveal That 90% Of Canada’s Plastic Is Not Recycled (Nov 20, 2018) Why can't all plastic waste be recycled? Starbucks is going strawless (July 9, 2018) The Recycling Game Is Rigged Against You (June 27, 2018) Recycled plastic could supply nearly three quarters of UK demand (June 13, 2018) Your Recycling Gets Recycled, Right? Maybe, or Maybe Not (May 29, 2018) Over 60 countries have introduced bans, fees to cut single-use plastic waste (June 5, 2018) Travel industry takes aim at reducing plastic waste (May 31, 2018) BBC: Can plastic roads help save the planet? France become first country to ban all plastic cups, plates, cutlery (May 30, 2018) California proposes law to ban plastic straws (May 30, 2018) Building roads from plastic waste in India Plastic bottles and bags recycled to build U.K roads Rubbish is being transformed into roads in Melbourne Recycling crisis: California, U.K, Australia, Canada (May 17, 2018) Flashback: Japan streets ahead in global plastic recycling race (29 Dec 2011) New homes to be built from 18 tonnes of recycled plastic Glass straws? Straw straws? Here are some eco-friendly alternatives to plastic (May 23, 2018) This House was Built in 5 Days Using Recycled Plastic Bricks (May 1, 2017) California has a recycling crisis. The only way to solve it is to stop making so much trash (May 26, 2018) Plastics Pile Up as China Refuses to Take the West’s Recycling (Jan. 11, 2018) For the longest time, I believed that ALL the recyclable materials we drops off at the local recycling centers would be taken care of at a recycling plants in our own states, and they magically turns into new products that would make Captain Planet proud. I was deceived. As were you. As it turns out, we only cherry-pick the highest-quality stuff that's easiest to recycle with maximum returns. The rest are crushed into giant cubes about the size of your bedroom and sent off on cargo ships to China. What happens to them next is no longer our concern. For the record, we don't bother dealing with those low-quality recyclables not because we don't have the technology or know-how, but simply because it would cost us WAY less in labor, raw material, and energy to just produce new materials rather than recycling old materials. Well, that sweet deal is now coming to an end, and the world has just awakened to the new reality: we'll now have to deal with our own plastic waste. EU proposes ban on plastic straws and other single-use plastic productsBy Raf Casert, The Associated Press | May 28, 2018 Sea Turtles with plastic straws up their noses say "It's about damn time, littering humans!"