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Your Call: What have you always wanted to know about recycling?


On the July 8th edition of Your Call, we’ll learn about changes in the recycling industry and how they affect what happens after you toss paper and plastic in the recycling bin.  

Economic shifts are making recycling programs more costly for cities, and just a third of the waste that’s disposed of is recycled nationwide. What challenges are cities facing with their recycling programs? And how can they succeed today?  It’s Your Call with Hana Baba, and you.


Ruth Abbe, recycling consultant, who works with municipalities across the U.S. to develop the social and physical infrastructure to achieve zero waste

Tom Padia, recycling director for StopWaste, a regional intergovernmental agency working to conserve resources and reduce waste in Alameda County

Web resources:

NPR: With “Single-Stream Recycling,” Convenience Comes at a Cost

Washington Post: Cities and counties come to grips with the high cost of recycling programs

Planet Money: How the downturn in oil prices caused a downturn in the recycling business?

SF Chron: A sprinkle of compost helps rangeland lock up carbon