Happy America RecyclesDay! For this year's observance, I'm following up on my comment last year that "America doesn't just need to recycle more, it needs to recycle better." I focused on one reason why in Vox explains why we're recycling wrong — Student Sustainability Video Festival 82. Another reason involves who is processing our recycling or rather who is no longer processing our recycling. The Daily Show with Trevor Noah explains that in If You Don’t Know, Now You Know - Asian Nations Reject Western Trash.
After years of taking in America’s plastic recycling, many Asian nations are now sending it back, forcing the U.S. to deal with its trash problem.In addition to Noah reporting on China and other Asian nations refusing our waste, he also mentioned that Americans have to recycle more carefully and use less plastic. I agree with both of those points, even if they're made humorously.