One such area has been in my relationship with garbage. I’m not going to candy-coat it, it’s pure, unadulterated trash. And guess what, that includes recyclables too. Did you know that most of what we set out in recycling bins gets sent to the dump and is never recycled?
Unbeknownst to most of us, for the past decade, the US shipped our recyclables to China for processing—not recycling it here, like most of us assumed. Garbage was our #1 export in 2012. From 1992 to 2017, China imported 106 million tons of plastic and paper trash, a $57.6 billion industry. But in 2017, China suddenly started refusing our trash in a policy called the China National Sword. Having no outlet for our trash created a garbage crisis in the US. Most of the garbage and recycling we set out now goes to the dump, not recycled at all, and landfills are at or over capacity!