The reality is that most of these items don’t get recycled. The U.S. recycling rate for all materials hovers around 35%.
The situation is even worse for plastic recycling, which has a dismal 9% recycling rate. In fact, the vast majority of the roughly 8.3 billion metric tons of plastic ever produced has either ended up in landfills, been incinerated, or left to pollute our environment.
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