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China Bans Recycling Imports

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America has been campaigning for decades to encourage the citizens to recycle their wastes. Now almost every establishment and household in the country has learned how to recycle their newspapers, plastic bottles and aluminum cans. There are cities that impose fine for those who do not follow the proper recycling method. Construction sites are hiring junk hauling Orange County to make sure that their wastes do not end up in landfill straightaway.

For many years, the United States sends majority of its recycling to China through ships. These recycled materials are turned into new products like plastic products, bags and shoes. The problem is that last year, the government of China announced that they are no longer accepting recyclables including junk mail, magazines, plastic products and office paper.

After the announcement, waste-management firms in the US passed the news to counties, towns and cities that their recycling will no longer be accepted because of the absence of market. They are then given only two alternatives – they can pay a higher fee to have firms handle their recycling or they can throw them in the landfill.

Franklin, New Hampshire’s city manager, Judie Milner, said that as much as they want to care for the environment, they just couldn’t afford the higher cost to have a firm manage their recyclables. A fifth of the residents in Franklin are living under the poverty line therefore the city could not ask them to pay more. Now they turn to burning cans and bottles that are previously sorted through curbside recycling.

The same problem has been plaguing the whole county. The lack of market is what keeps them from recycling their mixed paper wastes and most of their plastic trash. This is not boding well for the United States considering the latest news that the country’s waste is the highest on record. In 2015, US are responsible for 262.4 million tons of garbage which is 60 per cent more than in 1985.

America needs to find a solution to this problem because not everyone can afford services like companies that provide junk hauling Orange County or citizens of the country will need to learn how to consume less.