If you recycle (and you should), then you probably separate out what’s recyclable from what’s not, put both on the curb, and never think about it again.
But what happens when you recycle?
How does it work? Is it worth the effort? Is recycling waste just going into a landfill?
The Economist decided to tackle all these questions and more, and put together a great piece called The Truth About Recycling.
If done right, there is no doubt that recycling saves energy and raw materials, and reduces pollution. But as well as trying to recycle more, it is also important to try to recycle better. As technologies and materials evolve, there is room for improvement and cause for optimism. In the end, says Ms Krebs, “waste is really a design flaw.”