Local Communities Feel the Effect of Change in Global Recycling Policies

Local Communities Feel the Effect of Change in Global Recycling Policies

On January 1, 2018, China stopped accepting any recycled plastic and unsorted scrap paper from overseas. Now, communities around the U.S. are seeing the consequences.

A Court Said New York's Mentally Ill Should Be Able to Live on Their Own. But Can They?

In the years since the court’s decision, 39 residents have returned to adult homes and 33 have died, according to the New York State Office of Mental Health.

Thwarted Terrorist Attack Raises Questions About the Rise of White Nationalism and its Presence in the Military

The Military Times reports that 25 percent of service members have been exposed to white nationalism in the ranks.

What Roller Skating Can Tell Us About Race in America

Roller rinks continue to be one of the most segregated spaces in the country. 


Zulene Mayfield

Marian Chertow

Tom Jennings 

Joaquin Spaien

Janet Reitman

Tina Brown 

Dyana Winkler 

Local Communities Feel the Effect of Change in Global Recycling Policies

Wynn, Lose and Draw For the RNC

Jan. 29, 2018: Casino mogul Steve Wynn is facing allegations of sexual misconduct. How will the Republican Party, which employed him as finance chair, respond? The Takeaway explores that question, plus a conversation with Olympian Dominique Moceanu, who discusses abuse allegations at USA Gymnastics; a look at the escalating violence in Afghanistan; China's shifting stance on recycling; reforming America's parole and probation systems; and the stars of Comedy Central's show "Another Period." 

Wynn, Lose and Draw For the RNC

A Small Town’s Advice for a Big City’s Plastic Water Bottle Ban

Click on the audio player above to hear this interview.

The water crisis in Flint, Michigan has led to questions about our country’s water supply. Scientists and officials tell us that most of our piping systems provide safe drinking water, and yet as a nation we still consume more bottled water than any other country in the world.

See Also: Clean Water: America's Next Civil Rights Battle?

Americans buy about 500 million plastic bottles of water every week, many of which end up in landfills. San Francisco is looking to buck the trend and recently banned the sale of single-use plastic water bottles on city-owned property. By October, the ban will be broadened to include events held outdoors on city property, and by January 2018, it will be extended further to include large-scale events of 250,000 people or more.

San Francisco is following the lead of Concord, a small town in Massachusetts. In April 2012, Concord residents voted to ban the sale of single-serving plastic water bottles, and the measure went into effect in 2013. San Francisco’s ban is not as far reaching as Concord’s (retailers in the city will still be able to sell water in plastic bottles in stores), but environmental advocates see it as an important first step. 

Elizabeth Ross, WGBH producer for The Takeaway, shares some of Concord’s advice for San Francisco, or any community that is considering a plastic water bottle ban.

Check out some photos from Elizabeth's reporting below.

John Cummings, manager of Crosby’s Marketplace in Concord, MA (Elizabeth Ross) Granite water fountain retrofitted to accommodate reusable water bottles, Concord, MA. (Elizabeth Ross) Jill Appel and Jean Hill, the environmental activists behind Concord’s plastic water bottle ban. (Elizabeth Ross)
A Small Town’s Advice for a Big City’s Plastic Water Bottle Ban