Do you have nightmares that the planet is going to end up like the wasteland of Wall-E, with mountains of waste and an arid desert landscape uninhabitable by humans? Climate change is continuing its trudge onwards, and unless we take action soon, that Wall-E style wasteland is going to look like a trip to Palm Springs. Now for the bad news: according to a 2017 study,millennials are pretty apathetic about recycling — only 34 percent recycle paper or cans, compared with 46 percent of the general population, even though over 70 percent are concerned about climate change. What gives? Why do we think recycling is so hard to do?
There are many myths about going green and recycling, and while it's clear that the process isn't perfect — some waste can't be recycled using current methods, and sorting things can take ages because people so often put waste in the wrong bins — the fundamental worthiness of recycling materials themselves is still the crux of the environmental movement, along with reducing and reusing, of course. If you want to call yourself green, you need to think about lowering your waste consumption and making sure that what you produce is able to be reused efficiently and usefully. And that means tackling the too-hard misconceptions about recycling. Get your blue bins out. Let's do this.