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Is California's recycling system in a sustainability crisis?




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Now that the holiday weekend is over, your garbage bin might be overflowing with empty bottles and cans.

Most of it will be recycled.

To give you an idea: Last year, Californians bought 23 billion bottles and cans. Over 18 billion were recycled. That's a recycling rate of 78 percent.
 
The state’s system, CalRecycle, is one of the most successful in the country, yet it's processing more than it can actually afford to and this is putting the agency in something of a sustainability crisis.

Last summer, we spoke with Susan Collins about this phenomenon, and now she gives us an update. She’s the executive director of a research organization called The Container Recycling Institute.

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