Terry Gross continues to show up with Fresh Air’s Episode: ‘Waste’ Exampines the Global and Local Afterlife of Recyclables
Environmental scientist Kate O’Neill discusses recycling and the global politics of waste. “Once you throw something away, you’ve got to think about where’s it going to go next,” she says.
O’Neill brings up great points such as
Do you know where your recycling or waste is going?
Are you aware of which plastics are easiest to recycle? (Psstt — #1 and #2 recyclables are the easiest plastics to recycle if cleaned correctly)
China’s no longer imporing our recyclables — now what?!
We learn a bunch of new important information in this interview — for example the easiest plastics to recycle — who knew?! This conversation drives us to be better consumers, recyclers, and humans. The fact that 95% of Ghana’s e-waste is repurposed, repaired recycled etc. is motivating! We will continue to strive to repurpose what we can and limit our waste. Listen to this episode and inspired to pay a little closer attention.