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Trash or recycling? Why plastic keeps us guessing.

By Winston Choi-Schagrin and Hiroko Tabuchi Illustration: Rinee Shah

Did you know the ♻ symbol doesn’t mean something is actually recyclable? Play our trashy garbage-sorting game. Then, read on about how we got here, and what can be done.


New Report Trashes Chemical Recycling—It Doesn’t Solve Plastic Pollution

By Lloyd Alter Photo: Justin Sullivan , Getty Images

After the recent signing of an agreement to develop a global treaty on plastics, the American Chemistry Council (ACC) cheered, noting its goal of “accelerating advanced technologies to recycle more of the 90% of plastics that don’t get recycled.” These advanced technologies are known as “chemical recycling” or “advanced recycling.”1