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China’s Proposed Scrap Ban Could Push Oregon to Send Recyclables to Landfill

Oregon regulators have received 14 requests from companies that want to send recyclable materials into landfill.

In response to China’s proposed scrap ban, Oregon regulators have received 14 requests from companies that want to send recyclable materials into landfill.

China has been the world’s largest importer of recyclable paper and plastic, and with the country cracking down on waste imports from the U.S., these materials have nowhere to go, according to Julie Miller of the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.

Portland Tribune has more information:

Oregon regulators have received more than a dozen requests from companies that want to throw recyclable materials into landfills, and they're expecting more as China cracks down on waste imports from the U.S.

Oregonians love to recycle, so it makes sense that we're still putting paper and plastic into our recycling bins week after week.

"The problem is it has nowhere to go," said Julie Miller of the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. "Recycling centers are filling up with material."

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