Planet Money: Waste Land : Up First In honor of Earth Day, a look back at an award-winning Planet Money episode about how big oil misled the public into believing plastic would be recycled. NPR investigative correspondent Laura Sullivan tracks down retired industry lobbyists to expose a decades-long marketing scam to convince consumers that plastic products are far more recyclable than they really are.

Planet Money: Waste Land

Planet Money: Waste Land

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In honor of Earth Day, a look back at an award-winning Planet Money episode about how big oil misled the public into believing plastic would be recycled. NPR investigative correspondent Laura Sullivan tracks down retired industry lobbyists to expose a decades-long marketing scam to convince consumers that plastic products are far more recyclable than they really are.