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Is Kansas City actually recycling your recycling?

Kansas City has seen a decline in recycling over the last few years, in part, due to confusion and frustration about how the process works. So just how much of what you sort out is actually recycled, and how much is just shipped off to a landfill?

Does what you put in your recycling bin ever actually get recycled?

The Kansas City public works department says that lack of confidence is one reason why the use of recycling services has declined in recent years.

KCUR's Steve Kraske sat down with Kansas City Star reporter Natalie Wallington and Matt Riggs with the Mid-America Regional Council Solid Waste Division to dig into just how much of what we sort out gets recycled and how much of it gets shipped off to a landfill.

Kansas City Today is hosted by Nomin Ujiyediin. It is produced by Paris Norvell, Byron Love and KCUR Studios and edited by Gabe Rosenberg and Lisa Rodriguez.

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