Regional Roundup – 04/06/19

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Recycling at J.P. Mascaro & Sons in Birdsboro, Pa. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Recycling at J.P. Mascaro & Sons in Birdsboro, Pa. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Guests: Scott McGrath, Danielle Muoio, David Thornburgh

On this week’s Regional Roundup: Philadelphia will no longer be incinerating a portion of the city’s recyclables – which started earlier this year when China began refusing contaminated plastics from America. We’ll talk about the city’s new plans for recycling with SCOTT McGRATH, Environmental Planning Director for the Philadelphia Streets Department. Then; New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed a Clean Energy Bill into law last year, pledging to have the state move to 50% renewable energy by 2030. We invited POLICITO NJ’s DANIELLE MUOIO to tell us about what his administration has done to achieve this goal, as well as pipelines, nuclear facilities, taxes, and reactions from the state’s environmentalists. Finally, we discuss the upcoming judicial election, where nine vacancies in three courts are in play. We’ll talk about why we elect judges, the challenges voters face getting information on judicial candidates, and the Philadelphia Bar Associations’ rating system for judges with DAVID THORNBURGH, president and CEO of the Committee of Seventy.

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