But let me thank you for recycling. It actually enables the recycling process itself. It saves resources and is significant to an efficient waste management system. So please keep doing it – and if you dont, please start. Its an increasingly important habit to have, as we are working on making waste management more efficient.
Unfortunately waste management is not efficient yet. No matter what country you look it.
Of the 9 bn tons of virgin plastic produced worldwide, only 9% has been recycled. That means that a staggering 8.2 billion tons of plastic end up in landfills, incineration and the environment right away.
And even the 9% arent really recycled. Countries label their waste as recycled when it is ”shipped for recycled” to another country (usually in Asis). These places routinley dump massive amounts of that plastic into the ocean or burn it in open fires.
So unforuntaley it’s really a complete myth when people say that we’re recycling our plastics.