Reduce, reuse - and recycle.
The last of the "three Rs," recycling gives fresh value to the natural resources that are tapped to produce products for consumption. Recycling can benefit the environment by reducing waste - and it's also big business.
How good are you at recycling? While it's good to reduce how much we consume, and reuse what we can, most of us do have to dispose of items and packaging, usually on a daily basis. But what happens to all of our containers and bottles and cardboard after we take them to the curb? Today on the show, we'll be diving into the realities of recycling.
It's been nearly two years since China quit accepting certain types of plastic and paper recycling. For many Western countries, this meant a scramble to find other nations that would accept their waste. In some cases, it's meant a build-up of trash at home. The Philippines, Malaysia, and Indonesia have even sent shipping containers of low-quality recycling back to Europe and North America.
One of our listeners recently asked how recycling works here in Germany. From bottle deposit schemes to incineration, how does recycling actually work in a country that's often seen as one of the best when it comes to waste management? And what could be improved?