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How is the growing plastic waste problem impacting America?

The plastic recycling rate in the US fell from 8.7% in 2018 to 5-6% in 2021. Image: Unsplash/Nick Fewings

Valerie Volcovici

Journalist, Reuters

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A bill has been passed for new funding to support local waste management infrastructure and recycling programs. Image: REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton/File Photo
Per capita plastic waste went from 60 pounds per year in 1980 to 218 pounds in 2018. Image: REUTERS/George Frey

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