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Recycling Update: How's It Going? - Stuff You Should Know

In this episode of Stuff You Should Know, co-hosts Josh Clark and Chuck Bryant update their knowledge of what recycling is all about. In light of China's National Sword policy banning foreign recyclables, things have changed quite a bit. Is this still the best 'R' policy (Refuse-Reduce-Reuse-Recycle) today?  What are the common issues with recycling? Is single sorting the proper way to recycle?

On the one hand, participation in recycling has grown dramatically since sorting recycling. On the other, we see a higher rate of contamination — items that are not recyclable or product that break and cannot be recycled at the conclusion of the process — are confused with recyclable items. Recycling companies are not supposed to be the ones sorting out the trash, but with better awareness of how recycling works, we could all see a more profitable recycling process.

Learn more about Stuff You Should Know and recycling today in this 67-minute podcast below

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August 6, 2019
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