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Over the past 20-years, China became the primary market for recyclables from across the globe. In real numbers, China consumed 28.5 million tons – 50% of all paper recycled in 2016. By 2017, the U.S shipped 30% of all recyclables to China. Today, Waste Management is shipping less than 3% of total recyclables collected to China.

The world of recycling changed as China banned the import of all mixed paper and plastic imports in January 2018. What hasn’t changed is the demand for recycling services by consumers. Recycling is the right thing to do…and it’s good for the environment. But change requires how we recycle and what we recycle.


Recycling Doesn’t Happen When You Place Materials In Your Container.

Recycling Happens When the Material Placed in Your Container Becomes a Feedstock For a New Product!

What should we recycle?

  • Clean paper and cardboard that does not have a wax film
  • Clean plastics
  • Clean cans

Common contaminates found in recycling:

Pouf Clip ArtExtension Cord Clip ArtHypodermic Needle Clip Art





On this Earth Day, let’s commit to recycle right! When in doubt — leave it out and then go find out at www.recycleoftenrecycleright.com.

Check out their educational videos about recycling: Don’t Be A Tangler, Bowling Balls are Not Recyclable, No Liquids Please, Batteries and Co-Mingle Recycling Don’t Mix

Some of the more interesting — NON-RECYCLABLE items found at recycling processing facilities in 2018!

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A life-sized dept. store mannequin

Bowling Ball Clip Art

         5,000 Bowling Balls

Batteries Clip Art

Waste Management Recycling Plants received 28,000 lbs. of batteries last year










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