Chinas refusal to accept such foreign garbage is becoming more and more intolerable in American towns.

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 Chinas refusal to accept such foreign garbage is becoming more and more intolerable in American towns.


The recycling capacity of small towns in the United States has been challenged by Chinas decision last year to reduce the acceptance of solid waste from other countries, according to US media.

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

Workers classify waste at a waste recycling plant in El Crech, Maryland, USA.

Hannibal, Missouri, has a population of 18,000 and no longer accepts recyclable plastics labeled 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7, such as yogurt containers and shampoo bottles. Villages near Erie, Pennsylvania, no longer recycle glass. In Columbia County, New York, residents will soon have to pay $50 a year to dump their garbage at a county waste recycling center.

China has been the worlds largest importer of waste paper, plastics and metal scraps for decades. It stopped accepting certain types of recyclables last year and tightened standards for impurity content in waste products. In making these changes, Chinas Ministry of Ecology and Environment said that the mix of dirty and even harmful waste from solid waste that can be recycled and processed into raw materials can damage the environment.

Many Americans are now able to recycle in a single stream, eliminating the trouble of sorting plastics, paper, glass and metals. However, single-stream recycling has created difficulties for Chinese processors. Even after the waste recycling bin in the United States is sorted out, a plastic container may be mixed in a can and shipped away. Glass slag and debris are often mixed with paper.

Industrial impurity content standards generally range from 1% to 5%. According to the new policy, Chinas standard is 0.5%.

_Garbage on conveyor belts at waste recycling sites will be sorted in El Crech, Maryland, USA.

Not only have they changed their policies, they have changed the world market at one stroke, said Joe Grill, sales director of Buffalo Recycling. The company receives recyclables from several small towns around Lake Erie.

Recyclers backlog certain materials in their search for buyers. Some types of waste have declined in value, while others have become worthless. Many big cities bear their own losses, fearing that passing costs on to residents would lead to their reluctance to recycle.

Reported that small towns can not afford the financial burden.

They have to cut back on the types of recyclables they accept, or start charging fees to compensate for the rising costs of their projects. As a result, there is a growing gap between the recycling services for urban residents and those for rural and small town residents.

Workers classify waste at a waste recycling plant in El Crech, Maryland, USA.

The challenge for rural communities is that they are too small, and the cost of collecting and transporting things with very low market value will exceed their value, said Susan Robinson, senior policy director for waste disposal companies. The company is the largest garbage collector in North America.

Garbage recycling projects in small towns are already more expensive than in large cities. Families are often far apart, resulting in higher collection costs. Rural communities need to spend more money to transport recyclables to recycling centers where they can find markets. And they dont produce as much garbage as buyers want.

Like many small towns, Hannibal has never made much money recycling plastics labeled 3-7 and other inferior plastics. Those containers are made of plastic and other materials that are not easily decomposed. And buyers tend to want trucks and trucks of this stuff -- more than a small place like Hannibal can provide.

Reported that since China tightened its policy, the town simply can not accept the plastic waste. Shuanghe, Hannibals recycling station, once made about $30 per ton of plastic, but now it costs $60 to $70 per ton to send it to processors.

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

Reported that some Chinese enterprises are entering the United States, in order to increase the countrys processing capacity of recycled goods. 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 bumps in this process.

Source: Zhao Yaping_NN9005, Responsible Editor of Reference Message Network