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CNN reports that Cambodia is the latest country to send back plastic waste that ended up within their borders.
We in the U.S. have embraced recycling as a way to deal with the immense amount of waste that we produce through our out of control consumption. However, the amount of waste that we produce often overwhelms responsible recycling initiatives. This is certainly the case with plastics and electronics.
What is the solution?
The best thing that we can do in the developed world is to limit our consumption of plastics and electronics. In particular, we need to stop buying things in plastic bottles and stop using throw away plastics like plastic grocery bags. In addition, we need to consider the need for constant upgrading of electronics. Do we really need the latest phone or TV? Of course we don't. The solution to the waste problem in Southeast Asia is solvable if we make some simple choices.