Approximately 1,200 bowling balls end up at New York City’s main recycling plant each year. Unfortunately, bowling balls cannot be recycled or even broken down as they are made from many different types of materials, including very strong thermoset plastic. Just putting bowling balls in the recycling does not magically allow them to be recycled. The bigger conversation around these difficult-to-recycle materials includes waste managers pushing to shift to extended producer responsibility (EPR). Learn about how implementing EPR will help with costs, compel manufacturers to redesign, and subsidize environmental efforts such as recycling, landfilling, or other waste management options.