Wishing for a Better Future: The Unfortunate Destination of Many “Recyclables”

Christine Hoffman

11 a.m., June 6, 2021

At this Sunday Forum, Christine Hoffman will discuss “Wishing for a Better Future: The Unfortunate Destination of Many “Recyclables” “.
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When it comes to recycling, many people are confused on what really should go in their recycling bin. I mean, who isn’t? What is allowed in your recycling bin depends not only on the small number inside the three arrow triangle recycling symbol, but also the size and shape of the container. And these already confusing rules can vary drastically from city to city. We will talk about how we got to our current state of recycling, the problems with it, and even talk about some dreams for a better future, drawing insight from other countries. Not all recyclables are equal. Which are actually recycled? What can we do?

Speaker Bio: Christine Hoffman has been a lifelong environmentalist and waste-reduction advocate. Over the past two years she has personally worked to reduce her plastic pollution footprint, causing her to realize challenges in the transition and see solutions. She holds a PhD in Applied Mathematics and worked on sustainability related projects while working on her thesis, focusing on optimizing non-imaging solar concentrators. She currently teaches machine learning and data mining to high school and university students, but also aspires to become an entrepreneur for a company that uses technology to enhance container reuse.

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