John Oliver busted open a number of the greatest myths about recycling this weekend, together with the truth that most of the on a regular basis plastics folks use aren’t recyclable in most locations.
The “Final Week Tonight” host mentioned whereas plastics manufacturing is rising, lower than 9 % of U.S. plastics are recycled. However that hasn’t stopped folks from making an attempt to recycle the remaining.
Non-recyclable gadgets flip up in recycling bins so typically that waste managers have a reputation for it: wish-cycling, or issues folks merely want may very well be recycled however can’t.
“The time period wish-cycling is simply too good to be wasted on rubbish,” Oliver mentioned. “Want-cycling seems like a spin class taught by a unicorn, or the sewage therapy system at Hogwarts: ‘This, kids, is the place we wish-cycle all of your collected urine into this scrumptious butterbeer.’”
Oliver took a have a look at what occurs to recyclables in addition to what occurs to the opposite 91 % of plastics. There’s additionally a “horrific goat-man hybrid”:
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