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John Oliver's Plastics segment - most plastics can't be recycled


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    Half of all plastics ever produced have been made since 2005. But between 2015-2018 only 8.7% of all plastics were actually recycled. So you might be inclined to blame us, the consumers, for not going through the trouble of putting our plastics in recycling bins, but Oliver perfectly explains in good detail why that isn't true. It's not on us - it's on the producers. Must watch.

    youtube.com/watch?v=Fiu9GSOmt8E

    I like his solution at the end as well. Really at the end of the day if you don't effect change through legislation and well, tax penalties, business has no incentive nor reason to change in any meaningful way.

    I think this is pretty eye-opening stuff.

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    Yeah, it's a terrible problem. My wife and I recycle everything we can. She even makes special trips to a recycling center that will handle materials that our every-day collection service can't. I watched a documentary once where they were saying that human beings are shown to have plastics in them because of our everyday exposure to plastics.
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    recycling is super important. The huge pile of trash floating around in the ocean is proof of that. Atleast they're trying to fix that issue right now but it will takes years and years till it's done.
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    MartyMcfly Wrote: recycling is super important. The huge pile of trash floating around in the ocean is proof of that. Atleast they're trying to fix that issue right now but it will takes years and years till it's done.
    Think that's the point though - we can't recycle most plastics even if we wanted to. So we should stop using plastics imo.