Canceled: STEM Cafe: Trash Talk: Rethinking Recycling

If you put a used plastic bottle, food carton or cereal box in your recycling bin, what happens to it? You might be surprised to hear that many of the recyclable products we use actually end up in incinerators or landfills, instead of being recycled.

As international recycling markets break down and environmental crises overwhelm us, how can we rethink recycling, reducing and reusing?

Courtney Gallaher, ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Associate Professor in the NIU Department of Geographic and Atmospheric Sciences and the Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality, will lead us in a lively discussion about the ways in which we consume products, types of materials they are made from, and the environmental and social justice implications of our recycling industry.

Dr. Gallaher will be joined by Meghann Maves, Total Recycling Program Manager at Waste Management Recycling Services, who will describe the recycling process and share examples of what happens when we don’t prepare our recyclable items properly.

Join us for a little “trash talk.”

Tuesday, April 14 at 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Fatty's Pub & Grill 1312 W Lincoln Hwy, DeKalb, IL 60115

Event Type

Community Events



Target Audience

Students, Faculty and Staff, General Public





This event is free and open to the public. Food and drink available for purchase.

Center for P-20 Engagement, Outreach, Engagement and Regional Development
Contact Name

Judith Dymond

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