Recycling is one of the easiest, most effective ways you can help the environment.
Yet according to the EPA, we recycle a stagnant 34 percent of all the waste we create. In the United States, only 9 percent of plastic is recovered for recycling, and of the more than 300 million tons of new, virgin plastic produced globally per year, it is estimated that up to 129 million tons (43 percent) of the plastic used is disposed of in landfills.
Approximately 10 to 20 million tons of plastic end up in the oceans each year. These include those dreaded microplastics, which result in an estimated $13 billion a year in losses from damage to marine ecosystems. If things don't change, we could see more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050.
The simple act of recycling diverts these materials from landfills and keeps them from spreading to our oceans and natural ecosystems.