In Orange County, N.C., residents and businesses are making the effort to recycle. But with China’s recycling ban quickly approaching, this good deed will become a big problem for the county. The biggest challenge the county will face is rigid plastic because China will soon no longer accept it and there’s nowhere to sell the material to domestically.
The county plans to hold onto the rigid plastic and other materials for now until a new market becomes available.
The Daily Tar Heel has more:
Orange County is facing a recycling crisis. It’s not that people aren’t recycling enough, but that they’re recycling too much.
The recyclables are transported from waste sites in Orange County to Sonoco Recycling Raleigh, a processing plant that sorts the waste. Orange County either pays per ton based on the market value of the recyclables or receives a rebate for the recyclables.
Vendors can create products from recyclables, especially mixed paper or plastics which can be used to make packaging.