In November 2009, Brenda Koenig wrote part one of a multi-part investigation into the true destination for curbside recycling materials in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. She scratched the surface and found some very interesting information, but what she really uncovered were more questions, some of which include:

  • Why is there no government oversight of recycling efforts locally, on the state level or even on the federal level?
  • What would it take to create a committee to help oversee environmental issues (like recycling) in our county...a committee made up of concerned/qualified individuals
  • What is the history behind any such efforts in the past here in Champaign County?
  • Why have past efforts to form an inter-governmental waste management initiative failed in our county (a initiative that would have developed a local, centralized landfill and recycling program)? Does governmental subsidy of recycling make sense?
  • Why leave recycling programs dependent on industry profit and market forces?
  • Who is benefitting from misrepresentation of recycling services?
  • Why the disconnect between media and educational institutions promoting recycling and the reality that lots of things aren't getting recycled at all?

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