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Can more accessible recycling centers increase the amount of material recycled?

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If you haven't heard already, there is a plastic island growing that is twice the size of Texas. It is built of plastic that doesn't deteriorate and is un-recycled because of the inability to melt and re-create into other products. Although there are recycling centers in grocery stores where cans can be refunded for deposits, would making recycling efforts more accessible to consumers increase recycling materials. Many cities don't provide curbside pick up. If towns were able to do this more, more recycling things could be collected to keep it off the streets and places where it doesn't belong. In addition to offering more curbside services, increasing knowledge about recycling centers would be helpful. Most consumers are aware of recycling efforts but if designated places were well-known then perhaps we could match supply with demand.

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Photo of Eric Michael Weprin

We need to double the recycling deposit and make it easier to collect your deposit. Another solution is towns can offer money off tax bills based on the amount a household recycles

Photo of Samu Puskás

Major problem indeed. I absolutely agree that with increasing well known and easily accessible recycling locations, raising awareness (via online ads, apps etc.) and with planned education on the topic we can make a change!
I've heard of the island.
It horrifies me too.

Photo of Minjian Qiu

Recycling is a now just a concept that everyone knows, but when people throwing away rubbish, they are thinking about how soon can they get rid of the rubbish. So, I think education or even government should emphasize on this aspect. For example, in Singapore, people will get penalty when they drop litter carelessly.

Photo of Dimitri

Totally agree!

Photo of Dimitri

Unfortunately many recycling companies are driven by money and money alone. This will inevitably result in some material going to less than environmentally friendly destinations. So I think the best way and what everyone should always consider BEFORE recycling is to RE-USE. There are so many things you don’t need to throw away, but can keep and use twice, thrice, or even more such as plastic bags, paper bags, egg-cartons, letter-envelopes.