In 2018, China National Sword cut off imports of foreign recyclables and brought recycling in the US to a screeching halt. In Massachusetts, MassDEP created RecycleSmart: the one stop resource to turn the Wild Wild West of recycling collections into material streams that could be processed domestically.
Janice Paré, Municipal Recycling Analyst at MassDEP, talks with Waneta and Gretchen about the endless resource that is RecycleSmart and its Recyclopedia. Is your recycling actually being recycled? Yes, you can even see where it goes by zip code! What gets in the way of recycling, and what poses a danger to the people that hand-sort your recycling? All of this and more, in this episode of the MassRecycle podcast.