With curbside recycling now mainstream in much of the country, the market is flooded with recyclable material. Kojo and guests explore the intersection of social good and economic reality. We find out why some people can’t even give away their empty bottles, used cardboard or stacks of newspaper, how this mismatched supply & demand may impact the future of recycling, and why some regional governments are expanding their recycling programs despite this news.


  • Allen Hershkowitz Senior Scientist, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
  • Eileen Kao Chief, Waste Reduction and Recycling Section, Division of Solid Waste Services, Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection
  • Richard Abramowitz Manager of Public Affairs for Waste Management Recycling, Waste Management, Inc.
  • Meghan McCutcheon Community Outreach & Education Director, Sedona Recycles
  • Albe Zakes Vice President of Media Relations, Terracycle

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