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China causing recycling dilemma in U.S.

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The Green team is replacing its recycling bins at each site. These new, smaller bins allow for on-site disposal. The Green team is replacing its recycling bins at each site. These new, smaller bins allow for on-site disposal.
TRUMBULL COUNTY, OH -

Tariffs are not the only issue causing problems between China and the U.S.  

In the world of recycling, China is a major player and it used to allow for a limited amount of so-called non-recyclable contaminates, but not anymore.

"They basically have said we don't want your material," said Greg Kovalchick, Director of Solid Waste Management in Trumbull County.

It's causing a huge trash back up, and it's driving up the cost.

"When the programs are starting to cost $150 to $200 dollars a ton to recycle, it starts to get expensive," Kovalchick said. 

A big help would be if people would follow the rules on what is recyclable and not use drop off containers like garbage dumpsters.

"We have that information on our website, We have the information on the drop off containers and that's what they have to stick to," Kovalchick said.

Kovalchick said one of the main problems with recycling is plastic bags.

"They are terrible. In any materials recovery facility this plastic starts to get tangled up, it shuts the equipment down and they have to stop processing," said Kovalchick.

Jerry Stevens of Champion brings bags of his recyclables to the drop off site at the Trumbull County Career Center and remembers the first rule.  

"Not to throw the bags in. The bags are not supposed to go in there," Stevens said. 

With China more or less out of the picture, Kovalchick says we need to do more with recyclables here at home or they will just end up in a landfill, and that's what we want to avoid. 
 

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