It would serve Americans greatly to take a page out of Sweden’s book about recycling their waste.
The Scandinavian nation of Sweden has set a new precedent in the world of recycling its trash, with a near zero waste amount of 99 percent. Sweden was already ahead of the game back in 2012, when they were recycling 96 percent of their trash, but the three percent jump in just two years is quite impressive. Image credit: sweden.media
How does Sweden do it? They have an aggressive recycling policy, which goes in an order of importance: prevention, reuse, recycling, recycling alternatives, and as a last resort, disposal in landfill. As of 2014, only 1 percent of their waste ends up in a landfill.
Let’s trash talk. Ocean trash. Specifically the North Pacific Gyre, which is home to a 20-million ton aquatic dump known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. A casualty of forgotten environment. It’s full of human waste. It’s threatening marine ecosystems worldwide and means pollutants like PCBs are winding up right back into your sushi.