Recycling May be Down, But Don’t Count it Out Yet

China’s ban on imported recyclables has had a real impact, but we shouldn’t give up on North America’s recycling system.

Asparagus Magazine
Jul 4 · 8 min read
Photo by Bas Emmen via Unsplash

Have reports of recycling’s demise been greatly exaggerated?

A full three years before China’s ban, recycling’s free-falling profits heralded a crisis in the industry’s future.

Consumers get a lot of blame for China’s new policy, but the recycling industry should share it.

Interestingly, Chinese companies are investing in North American recycling by purchasing paper-processing plants.

The fear-mongering about recycling’s future undercuts confidence in a battered industry, but it also highlights the lack of mainstream alternatives.



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