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The circular economy: 6 Minute English

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The amount of waste we produce around the world is huge and it’s a growing problem. Recycling has partly been the solution to the issue but it hasn't been enough. Now there are calls to develop a circular economy which makes manufacturers responsible for what happens to the goods they produce. We discuss this in 6 minutes and teach some new - not recycled - vocabulary!

VOCABULARY:
to separate
to divide or split different things into different categories or groups

to treat
to process or deal with, for example, recycled waste

out of sight, out of mind
a phrase that means we ignore or don’t think about what we don’t see

manufacturer
the person or company that makes a product

consumer
a person that buy a product

lifecycle
the length of time a product is designed to work for

QUESTION:
Which country recycles the highest percentage of its waste? Is it:
A: Sweden
B: Germany
C: New Zealand
[The answer is at the end of the programme.]

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