How much of our stuff actually gets recycled?

Recycling is not as easy as throwing stuff in the blue bin. China buys a lot of our recyclable trash. A little while ago, China changed what it would accept. It wants clean, well sorted stuff. And Americans are not very good at that. So today, more and more of what we put into our blue bins goes to the landfill.

Workers at the Puente Hills Materials Recovery Facility (Photo: Jenny Hamel)