Teaching People About How to Recycle Would Prevent Up 288 Million Metric Tons of Recycling Ending Up in the Ocean

Teaching people about what’s going on in the world of recycling.
These are the top 4 countries in the world that have the most unmanaged recycling. China, Indonesia, India, Philippines, and Vietnam.

These are the countries that  lead in recycling Germany, South Korea, Slovenia, and Austria. In all of these countries, less than half of the total waste output is sent to the landfill. In comparison, the United States recycles only 35 percent of its waste. Every day, some 300 trucks arrive at a plant outside the city of Göteborg on the west coast of Sweden. They carry garbage, but they are not there to dump the cargo. Instead, they deliver it to the plant’s special ovens, which burn it, providing heat to thousands of local homes. With Swedes recycling almost half (47 percent) of their waste and using 52 percent to generate heat, less than 1 percent of garbage now ends up in the dump.Here’s the problem: Swedes (as well as Germans, Danes, the Dutch and Belgians) have become so good at recycling that there’s no longer enough garbage to meet the heating plants’ needs. Sweden now has to import the trash that most other countries are trying to dispose of some 800,000 tons in 2014, up from 550,000 tons in 2010, according to Avfall Sverige.  (https://www.plasticoceans.org/is-swedens-recycling-really-so-revolutionary/ )



All of these photos really  break my heart and I’m sharing them because it’s important to raise awareness about this issue. Scientists predict that unless we can change how we get rid of waste, that there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish by the year 2030.  I think that the rest of the world should copy recycling plants after sweden, it would be able to heat our homes without the need for oil and I feel like once we start to no longer reply so heavily on oil the more there will be a push on switching things to cleaner energy ways.