The Trigger for American Recycling


Change is hard. Making change happen even harder.

Looking for the origins of change fits in with my questions of how things used to work three or more generates ago, and my general search for hidden assumptions.

I was thus delighted today when I flipped on the Planet Money podcast, Episode 925: A Mob Boss, A Garbage Boat and Why We Recycle.

I was in high school living in suburban New York when this story was in the news. We didn’t recycle back then. It wasn’t a “thing” yet. Then by the time I graduated college and moved to Seattle, it was normal.

Before today I hadn’t wondered how that change happened. Apparently, according to NPR, the six month sage of this barge full of garbage was a key trigger that got the country talking about garbage, landfills, and where our waste ends up.

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