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Stricter rules on the quality of recyclable materials poses a huge problem for our community’s recycling system. CalRecycle estimates that a third of all recyclable material generated in California annually is currently exported to foreign markets, and 62 percent of that goes to China. On March 1, 2018, China implemented a new program which limits the import of contaminated recyclable commodities. Before, they allowed up to 10 percent contamination in bales of recycled materials. Now, we are facing standards of less than 1 percent contamination.
Contamination is anything that shouldn’t be placed inside your recycling (blue) cart, including some items that may typically be…read more.