Tuesday, Apr 11 at 6:30pm. Online.

Recycling is an important component of America’s sustainability agenda. It reduces the amount of deforestation, mining, and fracking that are done to make new items. However, the process of recycling and the secondhand industry is largely unknown. In this webinar, we will peel the curtain back on how electronics are recycled in China, how broken TVs in Ghana are repaired, how recycling works in Mumbai, and how recyclables generated in Massachusetts are recycled into new products.


About the Speakers:​

Adam Minter is a columnist with Bloomberg Opinion, where he writes about emerging markets, technology, waste, and other topics. From 2002 to 2014, he was based in Shanghai, where he covered the trans-Pacific trade in recycling; he continued that coverage from Kuala Lumpur from 2014-2020. His first book, Junkyard Planet: Travels in the Billion Dollar Trash Trade, is an insider’s look at the world of globalized recycling. His most recent book, Secondhand: Travels in the New Global Garage Sale is a deep dive into the secondhand economy around the world.​

Meera Singh has been involved in waste management initiatives for over a decade. She has carried her message in China, India, and Cambridge MA. She has worked with adults in corporations and communities, youth in schools and colleges, and continues to work with family and friends to increase waste diversion! Most recently she has worked on a waste management campaign in three Mumbai slums. Meera has a Master’s degree from Columbia University.

Brooke Nash has spent her entire career in the solid waste/recycling field. Since 1997, she has served as the Branch Chief for Municipal Waste Reduction at the MassDEP, where she manages technical assistance programs, grants, and training to increase the effectiveness of local and regional waste reduction programs.

The webinar is sponsored by Recycling Coordinators representing dozens of Massachusetts Cities and Towns.