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Dr. Kate O’Neill: Plastic recycling

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Many cities and states are changing their plastic recycling practices.

On Tuesday, September 13, 2022, SciLine interviewed:

Dr. Kate O’Neill is a professor of environmental science, policy and management at the University of California, Berkeley. She discussed topics including:

  • Why some jurisdictions have suspended their recycling programs, or are sending recyclables to a dump or incinerator—and how these local decisions are impacted by global shifts in plastic recycling practices;
  • What the research shows about effects, or potential future effects, of state legislation such as:
    • California’s new law requiring that all packaging in the state must be recyclable or compostable within ten years,
    • “Extended responsibility” (also called “polluter pay”) laws, and
    • “Advanced recycling” (also called “chemical recycling”) requirements in 19 states;
  • Her research on the impacts of restrictions on single-use plastics; and
  • Common misconceptions about plastic recycling.

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