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Recycling Is in Crisis. Could These Innovations Be the Answer?

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Recyling isn’t a one size fits all solution and there is a reason its the last R. The New York Times made this list of some ways recycling can innovate:

MELBOURNE, Australia — Since China stopped accepting much of the world’s recyclable waste last year, many countries have been faced with the challenge of how to deal with their own trash.

Turn disposable cups into sturdy materials.

Disposable coffee cups might seem recyclable, but most are lined with a fine film of plastic that makes them very difficult and expensive to reprocess.

The cups can, however, be mixed with recycled plastic to make various other products, including outdoor benches, vegetable garden planter boxes, coat hangers and even reusable coffee cups.

Read more for details on solutions such as converting household waste into electricity, using plastic and glass into roads, and more!


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