I've got a solution to the recycling problem. Pass a law that says that every company has to accept back any products they provide, when they reach end-of-life. So, for example, retailers would have to accept packaging waste back from customers, and the wholesaler that sold them the product would have to accept it back from them. Internalizing the cost of dealing with waste would motivate companies to make less disposable stuff, and find ways to make it easier to recycle:

The EU has this for a lot of products, but not specifically for packaging. Maybe it should.

There is a way to keep the advantages for single-stream recycling while still allowing better sorting at the source: Use color-coded bags to allow those folks who are willing to make the effort to pre-sort.

It may slightly increase plastic use, but you can use non-petroleum-based bags, and they *are* being sent to recycling, so they should be possible to process properly and not leak into the oceans too much.

@clacke in Aotearoa (NZ), most cities collect glass separately from other recyclables, and ask citizens to seal paper inside plastic supermarket bags before putting them in the unsorted recycling (we've just banned single-use plastic shopping bags though, so ...). Some cities are starting to test having a green bin for food scraps and garden waste, which is sent to large-scale windrow composting areas.

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