Recycling Piles Up in Bay Area After China Bans Most Plastic Waste

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Bundles of recycled material at the Ecology Center in Berkeley. (Photo by: Sasha Khokha/KQED)

For years, American consumers believed that when they were putting out their recyclables on the curb, they were doing their part to help the environment. Much of this waste ended up in China, but after the country said last year that it would no longer accept plastic and other incoming waste, cities have scrambled to find a new way to dispose of the materials. How are Bay Area cities dealing with the problem of plastic and what legislation is in the works to address the problems?

Resources Mentioned on Air:
Better at the Bin (Recology)
Stop Plastic Pollution (Californians Against Waste)


Mark Murray, executive director, Californians Against Waste

Eric Potashner, vice president and senior director strategic affairs, Recology