By Michelle Dookwah, University of Georgia, USA
“Where should I put my recycling?” – a common phrase I’ll hear a house guest ask if they can’t spot the recycling bin in my kitchen. But unfortunately, this question is posing a larger problem when put in the context of a global scale. Recent changes in China’s policies for accepting plastic waste for recycling is leaving the UK facing the challenge of what to do with half a million tonnes of plastic waste. And this isn’t an issue only faced in Europe; these new restrictions leave the US with massive quantities of plastic waste to deal with as well.