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States Look for New Ways to Recycle Your Plastic and Paper
Written by: Jennifer Calfas
Article U.S. states are fighting to keep recycling viable.rnTwo years ago, China turned the American recycling industry on its head when it stopped accepting millions of tons of its scrap materials. Since then, state lawmakers and departments have been forced to re-examine a system long dependent on sending plastic bottles, cardboard boxes and paper across the ocean.rn“You need to have a market and that’s what we lost with China,” said Anne Germain, vice president of technical and regulatory affairs for the National Waste & Recycling Association, an industry trade group. Up until now, she said, there has been no incentive for anyone to strengthen domestic markets.rnNow, states are looking to open up new markets for their recycling products, improve processing infrastructure and create public awareness campaigns to reduce contamination as they search for a more comprehensive—and more domestic—approach.
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