Ryan Heinsius

A lot more plastic is ending up in U.S. landfills after China stopped importing many kinds of recyclables last year. The City of Flagstaff, for instance, now only accepts limited types of plastic, and has undergone a campaign to educate the public about what’s recyclable and what’s not. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius visited Norton Environmental Materials Recovery Facility and spoke with Office Manager Carrie Tupper about people’s use of plastic since the changes.

Tyler Linner

This time of year northern Arizona forests are snow covered and peaceful… and full of broken plastic sleds. But an enthusiastic entrepreneur in Flagstaff has figured out a way to turn that trash into treasure. Specifically, into rock climbing gear. Tyler Linner is a graduate student at Northern Arizona University. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny spoke with him outside a local sporting goods store, where he demonstrated his plastic-shredding machine.

Earth Notes: Plastics Recycling

Jan 2, 2019
City of Flagstaff Sustainability Section

How hard is it to go plastics-free? That’s a question many communities in the U.S. are asking since China stopped accepting our plastic waste.

Melissa Sevigny

China is cracking down on what kind of recycling it buys from the rest of the world. That has ripple effects all the way to Flagstaff. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny reports, a lot of the stuff you think should be recycled actually ends up in a landfill.

Melissa Sevigny

Starting today, City of Flagstaff residents can no longer recycle all types of plastic. Only rigid bottles and jugs will be accepted. The new policy has to do with changing recycling rules in China, where Flagstaff’s plastic ends up. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny spoke with the City of Flagstaff’s waste director Todd Hanson.