Recycling: Slowing the Boat to China

The Ecology Center, a nonprofit organization founded in 1969 in Berkeley, Calif. that focuses on the environmental impacts of urban residents, hosted a panel event as part of Plastic-Free July that asked the following questions:

Why 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 U.S. residents are creating more plastic waste than ever," states the Center on its website. Visit it here to listen to a panel discussion.

Panelists included: 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 was moderated by Ecology Center Executive Director, Martin Bourque.

Pledge to take action! Join PPC and the Ecology Center for the Plastic-Free July Challenge.