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WHAT GOES IN MY RAYMORE RECYCLE CART?

STEEL (TIN) & ALUMINUM CANS
PLASTIC BOTTLES & CONTAINERS
NEWSPAPERS
CORRUGATED CARDBOARD& PAPERBOARD
MIXED PAPER
Bring GLASS to a Ripple Glass location for recycling

Recycling in the Face of a Changing Global Market

America’s recycling system is a tricky one. For years, we have relied on foreign countries to take our waste and recycle it, namely China. Over the last three years, China has implemented several waste import restrictions, limiting, and in some instances entirely rejecting a variety of materials that had been readily accepted for recycling before. By 2020, China aims to cut solid waste imports to zero in an effort to reduce pollution by solely processing its own domestic waste. Other foreign governments are also reducing the imports of plastic after growing environmental concerns.

These market changes, though they’re on the other side of the world, affect residents here as they create new challenges for solid waste companies, material recovery facilities (MRFs) and processors. 

Members of the Solid Waste Association of North America believe that the disruption to America’s recycling markets, though troublesome now, will lead to positive economic and environmental changes in the United States’ future. The introduction of domestic recycling facilities, for instance, creates jobs across the country. No longer being dependent on a foreign market to take its trash allows innovation to be stimulated at home.  

Anyone can play a role in reducing waste and preparing for this global recycling transformation. The first two parts of the recycling triangle – reduce and reuse – are the most effective ways to preserve natural resources, save money and keep those materials out of the landfills.

What can we do?

The first step is to cut down on the amount of trash you’re generating. Choose metal or glass over plastic. Say no to single-use plastics. Try to purchase items that can be used over and over again. 

Is recycling worth it? 
Yes, if it is done the right way. No food or liquid should be in or on the containers. Contamination, even a small amount, can cause an entire load of recyclables to be rejected and sent to the landfill instead. Make sure your recyclables are actually recyclable (when in doubt, throw it out) and the items are clean, dry and empty. Plastic bags can be recycled at local grocery stores, but cannot go into your recycling cart.