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One Planet: The Growing Recycling Crisis in the US

Seth Wenig
A forklift moves through stacks of recyclables at a GDB International warehouse in Monmouth Junction, N.J.


On this edition of Your Call’s One Planet Series, we’ll have a conversation about the recycling crisis in the US. Last year, China stopped taking most foreign recyclables. Previously, 40 percent of the United States' paper, plastics, and other recyclable materials were sent to China.

What’s been the impact of China’s policy on recycling programs across the country? And how can we improve our recycling systems?


Mark Murray, Executive Director of Californians Against Waste

Kate O’Neill, Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management at UC Berkeley, and the author of Waste

Web Resources:

Californians Against Waste

VOX: America’s new recycling crisis, explained by an expert

Waste Dive: Scrap Collector: US stands as lone OECD opponent of Basel plastic amendment

Salon: Wealthy countries need to find a new solution of where to dump their trash

Recyclebank: Is bubble wrap recyclable? 


Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular Friday media roundtable guest in 2001.