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One Planet: What Will It Take To Fix Our Global Recycling System?

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, Professor Kate O'Neill discusses her new book Waste, which details the complex global waste crisis and the business of producing, collecting, disposing of, and recycling it.

One year ago, China stopped taking most foreign recyclables. Previously, 40 percent of the United States' paper, plastics, and other recyclable materials were sent to China. What has the impact of China’s policy been on recycling programs across the country? How can we improve our recycling systems?


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