For the longest time, I believed that ALL the recyclable materials we drops off at the local recycling centers would be taken care of at a recycling plants in our own states, and they magically turns into new products that would make Captain Planet proud. I was deceived. As were you. As it turns out, we only cherry-pick the highest-quality stuff that's easiest to recycle with maximum returns. The rest are crushed into giant cubes about the size of your bedroom and sent off on cargo ships to China. What happens to them next is no longer our concern. For the record, we don't bother dealing with those low-quality recyclables not because we don't have the technology or know-how, but simply because it would cost us WAY less in labor, raw material, and energy to just produce new materials rather than recycling old materials. Well, that sweet deal is now coming to an end, and the world has just awakened to the new reality: we'll now have to deal with our own plastic waste. EU proposes ban on plastic straws and other single-use plastic productsBy Raf Casert, The Associated Press | May 28, 2018 Sea Turtles with plastic straws up their noses say "It's about damn time, littering humans!"