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