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Recycling on the Cape and Islands


Disruptions to international recycling markets have been widely reported. This led to conversations in the WCAI newsroom about how much of the waste we generate here on the Cape and Islands is being recycled. Our series The Big Blue Bin examines four major household recycling streams: cans, glass, paper, and plastic, to discover how much of what we toss into the big blue bin is really being recycled, and at what cost.  We dig more deeply into regional recycling with WCAI reporters and editors, and Kari Parcell, Regional Waste Reduction Coordinator at Barnstable County. 

Guests on the program are as follows 

WCAI staff: Steve Junker, Haley Fager, Kathryn Eident, Sam Houghton, Sarah Mizes Tan

And Kari Parcell, Regional Waste Reduction Coordinator at Barnstable County

Here are some links to informative websites: How to Get the MassDEP Recycling Kit

Recycle Smart 

and a program to recycle shrink wrap for boats


Mindy Todd is the host and producer of The Point on WCAI which examines critical issues for Cape Cod and the Islands. She brings more than 30 years of experience in radio and television to WCAI. After starting her broadcasting career as a midday DJ at WARE in Ware, Massachusetts, she quickly advanced to host of the morning drive show, which in 1981, made her one of the few women in broadcasting to anchor her own morning show. Her career has covered nearly all aspects of broadcasting. She has been a radio disc jockey, a traffic reporter, a television news anchor and reporter, a program director, talk show host, and even a ski reporter. Her television work brought her to White River Junction, VT, Portland, ME, Indianapolis, IN and Nashville, TN. Mindy also worked at radio stations in West Palm Beach, FL, Hartford, CT, Boston, MA and Lebanon, NH. She has received numerous awards, most recently her 5th National PRNDI (Public Radio News Directors Incorporated) award for best Call-in program and best Interview.