From Here to China: Secrets of the Plastic Recycling Industry, 7/30/15

20150724heretochinaWhy do we send so much of our plastic waste to China for recycling? What actually happens to it once it’s there? Why don’t we handle our own plastic waste? With its “Green Fence” policy, China has become choosier about the plastic waste it accepts, while US residents are creating more plastic waste than ever.

Take a deeper look into the recycling bin at our event next Thursday, July 30th at 7PM. We’ll be screening a clip from Wang Jiuliang’s upcoming film “Plastic China” and hosting a panel discussion that pulls the curtain back on our ever-shifting plastics recycling system. Panelists include Steve Lautze from the California Association of Recycling Market Development Zones, Patty Moore, President of Moore Recycling Associates, and Peter Schultze-Allen, a recent Zero Waste Commissioner for the City of Berkeley. The panel will be moderated by Ecology Center Executive Director, Martin Bourque.

We’ll have many opportunities for discussion through the event, join the conversation! This event is free and open to the public, and is part of our ongoing series for Plastic-Free July. For more details, click here.

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