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The Easier Recycling Gets, The More Likely The Industry Will Collapse

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Guess what the #1 export to China is by weight: Waste paper. Nearly 70% of all that's collected for recycling goes there. A huge, unneeded carbon footprint, and an opportunity for US businesses, done right.


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Past Member (0)
Wednesday September 22, 2010, 1:31 pm
So, I read the article and cannot figure out why this is such a problem. Get two bins, one for contaminated products and the other for non-contaminated paper, which is the real issue. The sort is done at the time of disposal, eliminating the need to ship it to China for a secondary sort, and we can all benefit! This is not rocket science and the fix is so easy! Just do it.

Paul S (11)
Wednesday September 22, 2010, 1:38 pm
It's unfortunately not as simple as that. Sorting just food soiled and not isn't enough. It needs to be divided by type, as it used to be. Waste being sent to China isn't simply sent there for secondary sorting, it's material that they've bought and make use of to make products, a missed opportunity here. Because they have the low wage resources to do the secondary sorting (that we used to do before single/two bins came along) they can accept much lower quality material, that causes problems for US companies. The US recycling collectors supplying recycled product companies have little incentive to improve on what's collected. Which accelerates the problem.


Lynn Marie M (22)
Thursday September 23, 2010, 7:12 pm
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