This California city asked where its recycling went. The answer wasn't pretty.

Four years ago, city officials in Palo Alto, California, posed what they thought was a straightforward question: Where did their recycling go? Conc...

December 1, 2022
9:18 PM

Four years ago, city officials in Palo Alto, California, posed what they thought was a straightforward question: Where did their recycling go? Concerned citizens had seen dire headlines about plastic dumping in Southeast Asia, and they wanted to know if their waste contributed. But the city's investigations have not offered much clarity. Palo Alto's best reckoning, today, is that about 40% of its recyclable material stays in North America, where it's supposed to be processed according to strict environmental and labor standards.

Saqib Rahim