Eastern Ontario recycling heading to the landfill

By CBC News Ottawa, March 31, 2018

The Township of North Glengarry, Ont., is having to send some of its recyclable materials to the landfill as Chinese restrictions on foreign waste have closed a market for resale and slowed the processing of recyclables.

Nearly half the world's recyclables were being to sent to China, when China decided to crack down on imports of four classes of recycled materials, including plastics and unsorted paper.

Although the ban didn't take full effect until Dec. 31, 2017, many Chinese companies stopped accepting foreign recycling materials months earlier, leaving some Canadian cities with stockpiles of flattened cardboard and crushed plastic without anywhere to send it.


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