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What is ‘wishcycling’ and why is it a problem for the circular economy?

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Wishcycling is the well-intentioned but unfounded belief that something is recyclable when it is not. ‘Wishcycling’ is contaminating the recycling system.

Our well-intentioned acts of recycling may actually be slowing the move to a circular economy.

More than half of people in the US believe that “most types of items” can be recycled.

Every year, staggering amounts of recyclable waste are exported by wealthy countries to the developing world.

The World Economic Forum is backing initiatives that will help create a circular economy.

We might think we are helping the environment by recycling, but we may inadvertently be doing more harm than good.In fact, our good intentions to recycle may be reinforcing the problem of waste instead of solving it, as the act of wishcycling slowly limits the creation of the circular economy .Wishcycling is the well-intentioned but unfounded belief that something is recyclable when it is not.Last year, it was submitted as a word to Collins English Dictionary and defined as: “the practice of putting something in a recycling bin without being certain that it is actually recyclable”.Our small acts of wishcycling are complicating the sorting process for centres and contaminating the recycling […]

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