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Halifax Dumping “Unusable” Plastic Film into Another Province’s Landfill

The stash is part of 331 tons of film that has been stored for months but is now “so degraded the materials are unrecyclable.”

Approximately 83 tons of plastic film collected in Halifax, N.S., will now be headed to a landfill in another province, according to the municipal government. But they won’t say where the film is going, according to a report by Global News

The stash is part of 331 tons of film that has been stored for months but is now “so degraded the materials are unrecyclable.”

“We don’t want other recyclers to know where we’re moving our material for possibly they can get a better deal than us or they can undercut our price, or lots of reasons,” Matt Keliher, Halifax’s solid waste manager, told Global News.

There’s more:

The municipality is now paying to have all of its recyclable film plastic processed.

The recycling troubles stem from China’s new import ban on certain wastes, something which is affecting many other communities in North America.

In the last fiscal year, $1,660,000 of the $2,166,000 in Halifax’s recycling revenues came from selling materials to China.

Now, the government expects little, if any future money, to come from China.

Read the full story here.

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