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About half of the solid wastes produced each year end up in a landfill. A quarter gets recycled, 10% is composted, and the rest is burned. Why isn't more being recycled? Is this trend going to change? What will be the impact of China's new policy regarding impurities? This episode dives into recycling and we interview Dr. James Nagel of EDX Magnetics, a company with an innovative new tool for separating metals that could transform the recycling landscape.

Links: http://www.edxmagnetics.com/ https://www.google.com/url?q=https://e360.yale.edu/features/piling-up-how-chinas-ban-on-importing-waste-has-stalled-global-recycling&sa=D&ust=1575260561824000&usg=AFQjCNH76UdrtRV_wXC5tqEqpVT4Xmlhog https://www.google.com/url?q=https://phys.org/news/2019-06-japan-town-recycle.html&sa=D&ust=1575260561813000&usg=AFQjCNHLXrs41QhJoheHBAuMucWH-cITIg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1vyB-O5i6E floating frog

Thanks to listener Chris Sparks who pointed us to the "planned obselescence" wiki which talks about designing for failure in business. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planned_obsolescence

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