The Truth Behind the Plastic Curtain: Most Plastic Is Not Recyclable

Sorting through piles of plastic waste to find a small amount of recyclable materials. Source: Ecoton, Indonesia.

A movement bidding good riddance to bad trash is growing across South East Asia, and it should spark an international reckoning with how we have been dealing with plastic waste, recycling, and responsibility.

China closed its doors in 2018 to nearly a million tons of mixed plastic waste shipments, and with it, the inevitable toxic pollution to…