Is It Wrong To Be Zero Waste?Support the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act here: Auri and Shawheen try to answer whether someone is really zero waste if they're not pooping in a jar. Tell @aurijackson what you think and tell @shawheenkeyani too, but he doesn't read his DMs. Subscribe to Goodful: Goodful Goodful Feel better, be better, and do better. Subscribe to Goodful for all your healthy self care needs, from food to fitness and everything in between! Connect with Goodful: Like us on Facebook: Follow us on Instagram: Follow us on Twitter: Check out our website: Subscribe to the Goodful Newsletter: GET MORE BUZZFEED: SUBSCRIBE TO BUZZFEED NEWSLETTERS: Credits: MUSIC SFX Provided By AudioBlocks ( Licensed via Audio Network VIDEO Environmental destruction caused by beach covered in plastic and rubbish causing climate change in Hong Kong. Aerial drone view Matthew Williams-Ellis/Getty Images Waste conveyor belt in recycling plant full of plastics, paper and rubbish Many Hands Productions/Getty Images Cartoon earth globe deforms to heart shape Videologia/Getty Images Drops of rain trickling down on black background.Stock Footage.Droplets of water on black glass background running down.isolated on black background 4K DjMiko/Getty Images Stars shine effect background on green screen animation. Twinkle festive or holiday decoration. Chroma key Christmas 4k animation Václav Křivský/Getty Images Top close up view - recycled plastic granules on automatic conveyor belt Zyabich/Getty Images Fresh produce department at the Walmart shopping center WW NEWS/Getty Images Plastic pollution, Tropical fishes swims over the bottom covered with a lot of plastic trash. Slow motion. Plastic bottles, bags and dishes on the seabed in Mediterranean Sea, Europe. Andriy Nekrasov/Getty Images Environmental Issue underwater plastic pollution in the Ocean Placebo365/Getty Images Mass of Recycled Plastic ersen_cira/Getty Images Liquid detergent on automated production line. Clip. Automated production line of washing fluid. Machinery for bottling Media Whalestock/Getty Images landfill with garbage trucks unloading junk fivepointsix/Getty Images Man carrying wooden crate with vegetables across a field simonkr/Getty Images CU Shot of Plastic bottle moving in bottling plant at beverage industry / Gerolstein, Rhineland Palatinate, Germany footagefactory/Getty Images EXTERNAL CREDITS Shawheen Keyani + Auri Jackson
City Recycling Program Requires Residents To Sort, Sanitize, Melt, Re-Form, Label, Fill Bottles Before Placing In BinCHICAGO—In an effort to ensure all discarded plastic, metal, and glass is properly processed, the City of Chicago introduced a new recycling program Thursday that requires residents to sort, sanitize, melt, re-form, label, and fill bottles before placing them in a bin. “Starting today, all recyclable materials must be cleaned, itemized, heat-treated, poured into a mold, tagged with the correct sticker, and deposited in a blue container by the curb,” said Department of Streets and Sanitation spokesperson Cassandra Reed, adding that the 20-step procedure was the easiest, most efficient way for the city to handle the more than 100,000 tons of recycling it picks up from blue carts each year. “When recycling metal, residents need to compress their cans into rectangular bales, shred them, and liquefy them in a vat, after which each household must contract with a certified wholesaler capable of finding a buyer for the resulting product. In the case of glass, bottles must be crushed and placed in an industrial blast furnace before being recast, filled with a beverage of the resident’s choice, and deemed acceptable by a city-approved vendor. Again, if your blue bin contains materials that have not been reduced to their absolute rawest form and then re-fabricated and rebranded for commercial resale, the city will not pick up your recycling, and you will receive a fine.” At press time, sources confirmed the new program had come under fire after investigators discovered that 90% of the reconstituted, sterilized, polished, and re-labeled materials collected by the city had been thrown directly into landfills.