Recycling

Guest: David Allaway, Senior Policy Analyst, Department of Environmental Quality, Oregon State

Recycling is not working very well. Not only is the system super confusing, but a lot of plastic ends up in landfill anyway. Part of the blame lies with major plastic companies. A recent NPR and PBS Frontline investigation found that these businesses spent millions pushing the idea of recycling onto consumers—even though they knew that recycling would be extremely difficult to get right and probably wouldn’t work. So now what? David Allaway says first, we need to get over our recycling obsession.

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