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The Global Crisis in Recycling

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Molten plastic exits an extruder at the YB Enterprises recycling factory in Padang Serai, Malaysia. Health and environmental problems near such factories have sparked anger and opposition in local communities. Image by Sebastian Meyer. Malaysia, 2020.
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Vivienne Walt and Sebastian Meyer reported from the U.S. and Malaysia in their investigation of the...

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With the world drowning in plastic, the need for recycling is more acute than ever. But the industry that handles all that waste is on the verge of collapse.

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