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Americans need to clean up their act to steamline recycling

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By ITN News Editor December 1, 2018 13:07

Americans need to clean up their act to steamline recycling

Americans love to recycle, thanks to a decades-long public relations program going back to the late 1980’s.

Just ask industry insider, Frank Chimera, the senior manager of municipal sales for the northeast area of Republic Services, a waste disposal and trash pickup service that runs a plant based in Beacon, New York, some 65 miles (105 km) north of New York City.

The most immediate cause of the problem is that China, the most important market for U.S. recycled material, decided U.S. purity standards in collecting recyclables were insufficient and too much contaminant was entering into the stream that was being exported.

And so earlier this year, Beijing announced it would cap the limit of contaminants in materials it took at 0.5 percent, widely accepted as far out of reach for most of the U.S., Chimera said.Industry insiders say the recycling impasse is years in the making.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor December 1, 2018 13:07
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