The Plastic Problem

Synopsis: This week on “Learn Me Something,” Aaron and Rich delve into plastics. How much plastic do we recycle in North America, how do we compare to the rest of the world, and what nascent technologies are helping us solve this environmental problem?

Because plastic wasn’t invented until the late 19th century, and production really only took off around 1950, we have a mere 9.2 billion tons of the stuff to deal with. Of that, more than 6.9 billion tons have become waste. And of that waste, a staggering 6.3 billion tons never made it to a recycling bin—a figure that stunned the scientists who crunched the numbers in 2017.


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Duration: 50:00:00

Present: Aaron Stewart, Rich Plumb

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Download: Episode 63: The Plastic Problem