We’ve heard over and over again that “Recycling is good for the planet.” So we begin to internalize it. So when we do recycle, it makes us feel good. A task as easy as throwing something into a blue bin instead of black in exchange for some feel good emotions? Who wouldn't want that?
Recycling gives us power to control our own habits, to the point where we are comfortable calling people out when they don't recycle — it’s referenced through pop culture like TV shows and movies all the time. Speaking of which, happy belated Global Recycling Day.
Yet, there’s more to recycling than you might think. And it has less to do with people’s attitudes towards recycling and more about the lack of infrastructure and slow innovation within countries to handle the amount of waste generated by its people.
Let’s walk through what we know and hopefully it’s not soda pressing.
Putting Waste in the Right Place
One of the first things that we're taught in elementary school science class is the three R's - reduce, reuse, . We've heard over and over again that "Recycling is good for the planet." So we begin to internalize it. So when we do recycle, it makes us feel good.