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Dig into the biggest problems facing our current plastic recycling process, and explore potential solutions to these systems.
If you’ve ever looked at the bottom of a disposable bottle or cup, you’ve probably noticed a recycling symbol. Seeing this, many people assume the item should be put in a recycling bin. Yet many plastics are incapable of being recycled at most centers. In fact, only 9% is recycled each year. So why are so few plastics recycled? And what do these symbols actually mean? Shannon Odell investigates.
Lesson by Shannon Odell, directed by Yuval Haker, Alon Sivan.
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