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Why China Bans Accepting The U.S. Trash

Kate Bailey who is running the Ecocycle which is a nonprofit recycling organization based in Colorado has put some light on this matter.

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China has stopped accepting any plastic trash from the U.S., making the conditions worst for everybody. All the trash which was generated went to China in order to get recycled or reused. India also imposed a ban on the acceptance of plastic trash as they are trying to reduce the pollution in their country also. India’s ban will come in the picture after August. The U.S. has been sending the hazardous and highly contaminated waste which contributed to the pollution in other countries. Now obviously recycling expense is increased in the U.S. and people are not ready to spend that sum of amount and they are opting to throw it in landfills.

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Kate Bailey who is running the Ecocycle which is a nonprofit recycling organization based in Colorado has put some light on this matter and said, “As of 2015, 34 percent of waste was recycled, though since the start of single-stream recycling—the use of catch-all bins for paper, plastic, and aluminum—we’ve gotten worse at recycling.”

“When we collect the material, it has as much as 25 percent contamination, but by the time we sell it it needs to have less than one percent,” says Susan Robinson, senior director of sustainability and policy for Waste Management, which operates 100 recycling sorting facilities in North America. The company sells its materials to domestic recycling plants, so its operations have remained mostly unchanged. But, says Robinson, “[contamination] increases our costs, it causes safety problems, and it increases the environmental burden.”

“A lot of people want so badly for things to be recycled,” she adds. “We call that wish cycling—it’s one of the biggest problems we have right now.” She tells that we have to deal with all this and it is better to shift to containers which are made of glass and aluminium, if you are sticking to the plastic containers then it needs to be rinsed off if it is containing food items. As these food items attract the pests and rodents and make it difficult for recycling.

 

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