two workers in biohazard suits sorting recyclable materials on conveyor belt

At the beginning of 2018, China implemented a ban on imports of many scrap and recyclable materials that the United States (and other countries) was exporting, citing a high rate of contamination in the materials. Since that ban went into effect, U.S. recycling programs and recycling companies have struggled with what to do with our curbside recycling. This week’s quiz tests your awareness of this “recycling crisis,” and the changes needed to improve recycling in the U.S.

Making smart sustainable choices requires practice. Earth911’s weekly sustainability quiz helps you hone your ability to recognize earth-friendly products and services. Through your daily choices — from transportation mode to purchases to waste disposal — you can make a positive difference.

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