It’s a sad fact of our Californian recycling world – China no longer wants our trash.
China used to be California’s — and the world’s — largest overseas market for recyclables, but in January, China began not accepting “contaminated” material it once brought to its shores. For China, now, if the recycled material is one-half of 1% contaminated, it’s too impure for recycling.
CalRecyle – which runs California’s recycling program – stated in a bulletin in August:
“This policy change is already starting to have adverse impacts on California, and is resulting in more material being stockpiled at solid waste facilities and recycling centers or disposed of in landfills.” [Read more…]