‘The Recycling Lie’: A documentary on plastic waste at ARD Mediathek | NDR.de – Culture

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In any case, everything that can be recycled is recycled. Instead, plastic waste is becoming a growing problem worldwide. This was confirmed by the documentary film “The Recycling Lie” available in the ARD Media Library.

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by Jens Gleisberg

The plastic packaging belongs to the yellow container. Wonderful: Close the lid, the conscience is gone. But what really happens to our plastic waste once we throw it in the recycling bin? The answer to this question is painful. By no means everything that can be recycled is actually recycled.

Instead, plastic waste is becoming a growing problem worldwide. This is what the ARD documentary “Die Recycling-Lüge” by Tom Costello and Benedict Werther deals with, which can be seen at the beginning. The documentary can be found in the ARD Media Library through July 2023.

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What happens to our plastic waste after it is thrown into the recycling bin? Who benefits from the plastic crisis? Documentary until June 20, 2023 in ARD External Media Library

Demonstration against plastic waste in Indonesia

Demonstration against plastic waste swaying on the beaches of Indonesia. The girl, Nina Arisande, is standing in the water among the roots of the mangroves: sacks of chips, crackers and biscuits around her. As an environmental activist, Nina fights trash and wants companies to be held accountable. “If this tree could speak, it would certainly cry,” she says. “At high tide, the litter on these beaches gets entangled in mangroves.”

The companies are Unilever, Procter & Gamble and Nestlé – these names are on the bags that float in water. Companies that convince consumers that plastic waste is recyclable, just as their promotional videos have promised.”

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Projects such as the production of railway sleepers from plastic waste should be supported at a high cost. Despite all the promises, that won’t change, says recycling plant operator Sacha Schuh, “because they’re a mixture of plastic. You can’t, in brutal words, turn shit into gold. It just doesn’t work.” It’s the last piece of dirt sorted together somewhere.”

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Entitled “Planet or Plastic?” Not only illustrates the problem of garbage. There are also lectures and films. more

Thermal recycling: plastic is burned

Time and time again there are product labels with a footprint that are 100 percent recyclable from hip companies like TerraCycle in the USA, which promise a circular economy, where bags of voluntary foil are collected and which end up in the yard of a Bulgarian waste disposal company on the way to the Holocaust. Thermal recycling, that’s what disposal companies call it.

The solution to our waste problem is to avoid waste, says Helmut Maurer. He has been working in the Environment Department of the European Union Commission for the past 15 years. “It is clear to everyone that things cannot continue this way. If things do not continue this way, there is a need for political interventions, which may harm some. But we cannot endanger all humanity so as not to harm some.”

100% recyclable is not a lie, but a window decoration.

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A holder lifts a ventilator lying on the beach.  © NDR

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Organs fight plastic waste. The association’s Kiel group regularly calls for fundraisers. 3 minutes

There is plastic trash all over the beach, with seagulls in between.  © NDR / Clipfilm

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Lena Haeberlin declares war on plastic waste. A landscape ecologist from Naboo collects trash with volunteers. 28 minutes

Two guitars on a table.  © screenshot

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Environmentalists in Kiel collect plastic waste on the beach and Lennart Röz creates guitar pieces from it. 4 minutes

Drawing of a smartphone with a headset.

47 minutes

Every German throws away more than 500 kilograms of trash every year. Quite a lot! But how can you generate less waste? Mikado studio guests give you advice. 47 minutes

A recycling bin filled with plastic wrap and bottles.  © photocase.de Photo: przemekklos

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There are many great ideas from people who have developed solutions to tackle the plastic problem. 10 minutes

No plastic on the meat counter: thanks to a fresh box that is used over and over again.  © NDR / nonfictionplanet

30 minutes

The film documents the tragic situation of plastic waste and shows how plastic can be avoided in everyday life. 30 minutes

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