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There’s a Global #RecyclingCrisis, And You Can Help https://t.co/jQS7n9tmxi

There’s a Global #RecyclingCrisis, And You Can Help https://t.co/jQS7n9tmxi

China began enforcing new, very strict standards on what recycling materials are accepted into the country at the beginning of January. The new policy, known as the “National Sword,” bans 24 types of solid waste, including various plastics and unsorted mixed papers, and sets a much tougher standard for contamination levels. Much of what the United States and other countries used to export to China is no longer accepted. Given that the materials have been increasingly contaminated with everything from dirty diapers to syringes to radioactive scrap metal for decades , it’s hard to blame China, but recyclers are struggling to adapt to extremely strict standards for a huge amount of recyclables. In recent years, China has been taking about half the world’s paper and plastic recyclables , including bales of poorly sorted paper from the United States. This led to the system of “...

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