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As Costs Skyrocket, More U.S. Cities Stop Recycling - The New York Times

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I’ve read a few articles on the issues with recycling now that China has set lower limits for contamination. When you read this it sounds a lot like the entire economic system of recycling is broken.

Prompting this nationwide reckoning is China, which until January 2018 had been a big buyer of recyclable material collected in the United States. That stopped when Chinese officials determined that too much trash was mixed in with recyclable materials like cardboard and certain plastics. After that, Thailand and India started to accept more imported scrap, but even they are imposing new restrictions.

If recycling is upside down” we need to get more serious about the sources, particularly for plastic.

Posted on March 18, 2019

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