Policy on Tap: The Science Behind Your Trash

Tuesday, September 24

5:30PM Doors ✖ Hall ✖ $10 GA/ $5 w/ Student ID ✖ All Ages

Congrats! You just finished that bottle of shampoo and are about to dispose it. What happens to that bottle if it goes into a trash can and ends up in an incinerator versus a landfill? And what happens to the bottle if it goes into a recycling bin?

We hear generic concepts often around how things break down or are repurposed for new use, but we’ll go deep into the chemistry and physics of each form of disposal. Which disposal gives off which gas, for example, and how are safeguards put in place?

Bring your lab coats as we get into the nerdy science of garbage!

(Just kidding. Don’t bring your lab coats.)


Jim Chiles, Analyst at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
David McNary, Assistant Director of Hennepin County’s Environment and Energy Department