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2022-07-31
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US media said that after China decided to reduce the acceptance of solid waste from other countries last year, the recycling capacity of us small towns was challenged

according to the Washington Post on January 21, China decided last year to reduce the acceptance of solid waste from other countries, and big cities have protected their residents from its impact. However, rural and small town residents face challenges

it is reported that Hannibal, Missouri, has a population of 18000. It no longer accepts recyclable plastics labeled 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7, such as yogurt containers and shampoo bottles. The village near Erie, Pennsylvania, no longer recycles glass. In Columbia County, New York, residents will soon have to pay $50 a year to dump their garbage to a recycling center in the county

China has been the world's largest importer of waste paper, waste plastics and metal scrap for decades. Last year, it stopped accepting certain types of recyclables and tightened the impurity content standard of waste products. When making these changes, China's Ministry of ecological environment said that the dirty and even hazardous wastes mixed in the solid wastes that can be recycled and processed into raw materials will damage the environment

many Americans can now carry out single stream recycling, thus eliminating the trouble of sorting plastic, paper, glass and metal. However, single stream recycling creates problems for Chinese processors. Even after sorting at the waste recycling station in the United States, a plastic container may be mixed in a can and shipped away. Glass and chips are often mixed with paper

the industrial impurity content standard is generally between 1% and 5%. According to the new policy, China's standard is 0.5%

"they not only changed the policy, but also completely changed the whole world market," said Joe Greer, sales director of buffalo recycling. The company received recyclables from several small towns around Lake Erie

recyclers will have a backlog of materials in the process of finding buyers. Some types of waste fall in value, while others become worthless. Many big cities bear the losses themselves, fearing that transferring the costs to their residents will lead them to be reluctant to recycle

it is reported that small towns cannot afford this financial burden

"the challenge facing rural communities is that the volume is too small, and the cost of collecting and transporting things with extremely low market value will exceed their value," said Susan Robinson, senior policy director of waste treatment companies. The company is the largest garbage collection enterprise in North America

garbage collection projects in small towns are more expensive than those in big cities. Each household is often far away, resulting in higher collection costs. Rural communities need to spend more money to transport recyclables to recycling centers where markets can be found. And they produce less waste than buyers want

like many small towns, Hannibal never makes much money by recycling plastics with the label of and other inferior plastics with a three-year warranty period. Those containers are made of plastic and other non decomposable materials at a reasonable price. And buyers often want a truckload of this stuff - more than a small place like Hannibal can offer

it is reported that since China tightened the policy, the town is simply unable to accept these plastic wastes. Hannibal's recycle bin, Shuanghe company, used to make a profit of about $30 per ton of these plastics, but now it costs $60 to $70 per ton to send them to the processors

Melanie nevers, executive director of Shuanghe company, said that the company had stored 40 tons of inferior plastic. To avoid the cost of transporting plastic to landfills, she is trying to sell it to a company that can use it as fuel

the fracture of the sample is always broken on both sides. It is reported that some Chinese enterprises are entering the United States in order to increase the capacity of the country to process recycled products. Many recycling experts said that with the gradual development of the domestic waste market, the recycling industry should tend to be stable. However, small towns will still experience ups and downs in this process

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