Recycling has a new international fan: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
The country has both mandates for post-industrial recycling and rewards for post-consumer recycling, according to a report from Reuters. The increased push to turn in bottles and other products comes less from an interest in sustainability than a massive slowdown in international trade with China linked to the pandemic.
"[Party officials] should learn from those who carried out technical innovation for renovating production lines and equipment, for using domestic resources in production and recycling," Kim said during a conference in April, Reuters reports.
State-run television has promoted recycling as well, with a film called "Treasure I Found" featuring a factory worker upset with his wife's recycling until he discovers other uses for the recycled resin. And yes, of course you can watch it on YouTube.