Many people are confused about what they can and can't recycle, and whether they need to clean everything before it goes in the bin. The best plan is to check the details with your local council.
Plastics pose a major threat to seabirds and other animals, and most don't ever break down - they just break up. Every piece of petrochemical-derived plastic ever made still exists on the planet.
Low-income residents in Puerto Rico are fighting disposal of toxic coal ash in their communities. They're also campaigning to shift from coal energy – the source of the problem – to solar power.
Australia is among the world's top ten users of electronic and electrical products. But our systems for recycling the resulting 'e-waste' fall a long way short of other rich nations.