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Handling the volume of plastic in the waste stream is a global crisis as most plastic waste can't actually be recycled. Most plastic is dumped into landfills, where it leaks chemicals into the soil, while some is incinerated, releasing toxins into the air. Every year, eight million metric tons of plastic pollution ends up in the Earth's oceans. While this sounds grim, there are many easy actions you can take to reduce your personal plastic consumption.