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Recycling may not be the answer to reducing our plastic waste

 A worker sorts plastic bottles for recycling at a junkshop on April 11, 2023 in Quezon city, Metro Manila, Philippines. (Ezra Acayan/Getty Images)
A worker sorts plastic bottles for recycling at a junkshop on April 11, 2023 in Quezon city, Metro Manila, Philippines. (Ezra Acayan/Getty Images)

A recent study of one recycling plant found that the plastic recycling process creates microplastics that contaminate the air and water.

We speak with Grist reporter Joseph Winters about the results of this study and what that means for the plastics pollution crisis.

This article was originally published on WBUR.org.

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