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Checking In On CA’s Track Record On Plastic Use And Recycling




Workers sort through cardboard and mixed paper at Recology's Recylce Central on January 4, 2018 in San Francisco, California.
Workers sort through cardboard and mixed paper at Recology's Recylce Central on January 4, 2018 in San Francisco, California.
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As reported by Politico’s Debra Kahn, many environmentalists have placed their hopes of minimizing plastic waste in the hands of California.

Most plastic isn’t accepted into recycling facilities, ending up in landfills. As the nation’s most populous state, changes in the recycling chain in California would ripple across the country. However, in this past legislative season, twin bills that would help address the issue died.

The bills would’ve required that all single-use plastic packaging be compostable or recyclable by 2032. So what happened? Plus, as Californians lean on take-out in pandemic times, how is that affecting the consumption of non-recyclable plastic? 

Guests:

Debra Kahn, reporter for Politico where she covers California environmental policy; she tweets @debra_kahn

Susan Collins, president of the Container Recycling Institute, a nonprofit based in Los Angeles focusing on research and education towards container recycling and deposit systems