Much has changed in the world of recycling in the past few decades. It went from being a niche practice to something most Americans have easy access to. In 2014, 89 million tons of municipal solid waste was recycled or composted, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Recycling rates increased dramatically in the ’80s and ’90s and have plateaued in the past decade. Despite recycling being so widespread, many myths persist. This is partially because recycling has become so complex, and many previous facts are now outdated. Let’s take a look at some of those recycling myths and how they came to be.

 

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