Recycling goes in the dump

China fallout affects local efforts

As environmental awareness continues to grow, more cities are answering the call to ban plastic utensils and replace shopping bags with single-use bags. Plastic straws are on their way out as well. On social media, comments about the gross amount of plastic polluting the ocean are commonplace. Not to recycle is almost considered a crime.

But despite the awareness, recycling goals are becoming harder to achieve, not easier.

Until March 2018, the United States sold most of its plastic wa...

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