Teton Park food waste diverted from landfills. Read the full article here published by Waste Advantage in November 2017.
KINGSPORT — For more than 25 years, the Model City has offered free curbside pickup for recyclables such as paper, plastic and aluminum cans, hauling in more than 3,200 tons of material last year. And while most people might think glass is still on the list of items Kingsport recycles, it is not, with the reason being there’s simply not a market for it. Read the full article here, published by Kingsport Times in April, 2017.
China set to ban import of many recyclable materials by 2018. Beijing notified the World Trade Organization in July that it plans to ban the import of 24 varieties of solid waste and recyclables, including types of plastic, unsorted paper, and metals commonly sold by U.S. recyclers. The ban is part of a broader Chinese customs program called “Operation Green Fence,” which began in 2013, aims to reduce waste importation and contamination of recyclable materials. The latest phase of this operation is called “National Sword,” which increases enforcement and bans the import of many materials. Visit the Oregon Refuse and Recycling Assocaition by clicking here for more information about this ban and to see a list of banned materials.
In relation to China's ban on recyclaebles, Oregon regulators have received more than a dozen requests from companies that want to throw recyclable materials into landfills. They are expecting more as China cracks down on waste imports from the U.S. The full article, published by Waste Advantage in Octber, 2017 can be found here.
Additionally, Senators Feinstein and Wyden have written a letter to China's Ambassador, Cui Tianki urging consideration of a transition period for the recycling changes.