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ABC News conducted an investigation into the effectiveness of the plastic bag recycling system in the United States and the consequences for communities located near landfills and incinerators.

“We live in a world filled with plastic and many love its convenience. It wraps the food we eat, the packages we order, the groceries we buy. The United States produces more plastic waste than any other country on earth. But have you thought about where it all goes? You may think those iconic three arrows forming a triangle mean plastic is off to a recycling plant… but it turns out, it’s not that simple.”