Between the ongoing problems with contamination, turmoil in the commodity markets and cutbacks to local collection programs, recycling has gone through a rough patch in recent years. Survey data published earlier this year suggests these challenges and the resulting media attention are causing many to question why they should bother to sort their waste. Addressing this erosion of trust in the recycling system is crucial to making progress on contamination, not to mention increasing participation rates.
- Elizabeth Schussler – The Recycling Partnership
- Chaz Miller – Miller Recycling Associates
- Wes Schultz – California State University
- Daniel Weston – WA State Dept. of Ecology