In response to China’s proposed scrap ban, Waste Management has announced that it will transport its recyclables to Spokane, Wash., by the end of this year.
Currently, recycled materials are brought to the Kittitas County stations and transported by Waste Management to Woodinville in King County, where it’s then transported to Seattle and shipped to Chinese markets. While the company’s shipping location will change, there will be no discernible change in cost to the country, according to County Solid Waste Director Patti Johnson.
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Waste Management Inc. will be transporting its recycled materials to Spokane following a change to Chinese import laws.
In July, the Chinese government notified the World Trade Organization that it plans to stop importing 24 kinds of materials, including types of unsorted paper and plastic typically sent from the U.S.
“It includes yogurt containers to pizza boxes as contamination because there’s no use for it when they’re greasy,” said County Solid Waste Director Patti Johnson. “The change will affect Seattle more than us.”