I have been trying to provide critical judgment to my daughters (8 and 11) about the environment. I will read them this article. The teachers and science material beat the recycling drum hard. The average citizen equates recycling and good. The lack of critical thinking on recycling and other environmental matters is shocking. The lack of critical thinking relates to the central purpose of environmentalism: thinking that you are doing something positive.
Give your daughters a project. In my area, they are advertising that we should take our lithium batteries to a recycling center for “recycling”. I would bet that the “recycling” consists of sending the batteries to a hazardous waste facility, not really recycling.
I would bet your 11 yo daughter could really find out where they go.