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Rubbish: why your recycling isn’t working

On Sunday evening, in the final episode of Blue Planet II, David Attenborough used his (widely praised) address to the nation to highlight — among other topics — the growing problem of plastic. “Since its invention some 100 years ago plastic has become an integral part of our daily lives,” he said as he scrambled along a beach strewn with litter. “But every year some eight million tons of it ends up in the ocean . . . and there it can be lethal.”