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“I started this from the perspective of somebody who was interested in helping people live waste-free.”

Peter Skinner established first Repair Cafe in the USA. Palo Alto, 2012

Sustainability expert Jennie Romer spoke about about her new book Can I Recycle This? This talk will took place on the occasion of CAAN’s 2021 Annual Meeting, a free virtual event, on May 27th. This program is free and open to the general public. Registration is available at

"For more than a decade, Jennie Romer has worked for effective legislation to reduce waste and single-use plastics. As a Legal Associate at the Surfrider Foundation’s Plastic Pollution Initiative, she leads policy and litigation efforts to reduce plastic pollution across the United States. Her expertise is in demand by legislators, environmental nonprofits, and businesses around the country. Now she has distilled her knowledge to create this easy-to-use guide that will change the way you think about and deal with what you throw away, as well as what you purchase in the first place.

Can I Recycle This? is a non-judgmental, illustrated guide to better recycling and how to reduce single-use plastics. This book gives straightforward answers to whether dozens of common household objects can or cannot be recycled, as well as the information you need to figure out the answer for anything else you encounter. The Sierra Club enthusiastically recognizes Can I Recycle This? as amust-read” book.

Jennie has been profiled in The New Yorker and her work and expertise have been featured in National Geographic, The New York Times, Vice, Politico, and other outlets. If you decide to purchase Jennie’s book, please buy it at an independent bookstore.

To learn more about Jennie Romer, check out her May 19th interview featured in the national online publication Waste Dive. That publication introduced her as a "leading plastics reduction lawyer” who “has been ubiquitous in many pivotal moments in modern plastics policy.” Click here for interview "

Tracy Frisch

Chair, Clean Air Action Network of Glens Falls

Convener, Zero Waste Committee of Warren County