China Limits Waste. ‘Cardboard Grannies’ and Texas Recyclers Scramble.

Plastic garbage at a scrapyard in Hong Kong, Oct. 11, 2017. An intense crackdown by Chinese regulators on imported foreign waste destined to be recycled has had an impact on businesses and municipalities around the world — Lam Yik Fei/The New York Times

By Mike Ives,

When the street value of scrap cardboard here fell by nearly a third this summer, Leung Siu-Guen, a scrap collector, started to worry.

“I began skipping dinner so I could work harder,” said Leung, who was moonlighting as a dishwasher, sleeping fewer than five hours a night and making as little as $500 a…

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