For decades, the US has exported one third of its recyclables, and half of that has been going to China.
Companies have relied on buyers in China to purchase the low-quality, contaminated recyclables. More noteworthy, ones that American manufacturers didn’t want.
However after a few years of warning, China has instituted a ban on foreign waste. Thereby known as the “National Sword.” This policy bans 24 types of imported scrap materials. In addition has set a 0.5% contamination limit on bales of recyclables.
An estimated 94% of Americans think recycling is valuable, so what can we do to help reinvigorate the $105 billion industry that employs more than half a million workers in the US?
Porter can explain the upheaval and discuss what Americans can do to support the industry that provides so many American communities with jobs and outline a variety of ways we can take action starting today. As individuals, we can:
Let our local officials know that recycling is valued by the community.
Raise attention to these concerns on social media and other communication platforms.
In addition, help improve the supply of recyclables. All by following local recycling rules (check your town’s website to search by material and zip code).
Make sure your recyclables are clean. (no food and beverage residue) In addition empty and dry.
Intentionally purchase products made with recycled content to displace the need for virgin material. We need to reduce consumption and reuse as often as we can. Recycle is the last of the three Rs for a reason.