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  • China's 2018 ban on imported recyclables makes sorting the most valuable materials much less profitable for domestic operators. In my area, we are threatened with fines if we include anything plastic that is neither "a bottle, a jar or a jug." But there are smaller programs accepting specific types of plastic excluded from municipal collections, such as Preserve's "Gimme 5." You will likely not collect enough household aluminum to be of any value at a metal scrapyard, but auto parts, old computer chassis and similar might at least get you a buck or two for your enthusiasm.
    • Archie Bunker
      Understandable....but how is that going to work when the government mandates you recycle, but you only have one or companies doing it? It will be too expensive to maintain, as it even is now.
    • mushroom
      The hypothetic question is what is the alternative: do we just say to heck with it and put all those materials into landfills and/or barges, which also cost money? In the "old" days cans and broken bottles littered public spaces. Ten states have had bottle/can deposits for a few decades now. Perhaps that "user fee" could be a source of subsidizing recycling, particularly all the containers which are not returned for the deposit.
    • Archie Bunker
      How about letting the free market handle it. Government mandates always backfire.
  • They've already lost their minds, what more can they do? I doubt they even follow their own rhetoric.

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