In a recent article published by The Verge, it brings up new ideas that could help increase our recycling rate to move towards a more “circular economy.” This means, that our community recourses are recoverable and reusable to be put towards products, rather than being incinerated or thrown in the dump. It doesn’t just start there though, we have to target the main problem, the knowledge of the American citizen. People need to be educated on what can go in the recycling bin and what cannot. A big problem with recycling is cardboard, people will recycle cardboard with food and liquid stains, that do not allow it to be recycled. This causes it to be sent to a land fill, rather than being processed properly. The article read,
“The EPA also wants to develop new markets for recycled materials so that it’s worth it for companies to recycle. That means there could be new policies or financial incentives on the way to boost demand for recycled materials. The strategy document mentions, for example, a “Demand Challenge partnership program” that would recognize companies for using more recycled materials in their products. “The Verge
This is a great idea because it can hold companies accountable for not moving towards reusable and recyclable products. Through having this alternative, we will hopefully see more companies transition into reusable products and help support recycle groups, so that we can keep the planet clean.
I think that with time, this idea will be one of the leading changes that will follow us into future and become the new standard for companies. As time passes, this problem continues to grow and become worse and worse. By taking action now, we can prevent further tragedies and lead to cleaner and safer world.