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China rejects most of the state’s trash, which ends up getting dumped into landfills

Article posted: Tuesday, 2 April 2019

With probes and clipboards, Chinese inspectors tour Bay Area recycling centers at least once a month, testing our trash to see if it meets their new high standards. Until recently, almost all of our vast piles of plastic and paper refuse were sold and shipped overseas, promising a new life for much of what we so blithely tossed away. Now much is rejected as wet, dirty or worthless… Read More


  • Mikeyb33 says:

    We have a stubborn 95 year old who is not computer literate and loves her catalogs by mail. She also wastes a lot of water washing out containers. So much that our water bill has increased over $50 a month.
    Are we trying to get China to resume taking our recyclables.?

    • Nicole Impagliazzo says:

      Good afternoon. Thank you for the email.

      Answering your question regarding China taking our recycling back. The Federal Government is in talks with China however there seems to be no solution or plan that China will be taking back our recycling. Currently, it is going to other countries. There are talks about different technologies being invented to deal with the recycling issue however nothing is set in stone. For more information on this, please contact Nicole Impagliazzo at on ways to help this lady.

      We really appreciate you contacting us!

    • Randi K says:

      That is a lot of water. If I understand you correctly, she is using 20,000 to 25,000 gallons of water a month cleaning recyclables. You may want to check for a leaky pipe somewhere. 😉

  • Louise McGire says:

    Contact the Direct Marketing Association to be removed from many junk mail lists and Catalog Choice to do the same with any catalogs you do not want. (You can pick and choose.)Consider packaging when buying food and other products. Precycle by buying only what you really want or need.

  • Louise McGuire says:

    We can reduce our junk mail by contacting the Direct Marketing Association (DMA) and Catalog Choice and sometimes by contacting the mailer directly to opt out of their mailing list.

  • Bethi Carver Gibb says:

    There are new 100% waste management plants that take everything and turns it into usable raw materials. Very little goes into the landfill.
    Sweden and Singapore are doing this.
    We don’t need to send our recycling or trash to China. We can rebuild our trash and recycling plants and save money and reuse our own raw materials.

  • Maxine says:

    So Sad. I try hard to be careful. Hope others do as well. I think we as a country need to start thinking of new ways to package products we purchase, since we can’t easily dispose of our waste. Growing up in the 1930’s we never generated this much waste.

    • Carol Kitchens says:

      Your latest publication said to try and stop unwanted junk mail! Since you are a big company can you lobby our Congressmean in area to get the Federal government to stop the US post office from depositing unwanted junk mail in my mail box! I probably get 0nly five pieces of mail a moth that are important everything else is junk mail I did not solicit! It would be a win win for you and your costumers if we could get rid of junk and unwanted mail! I have all my bills on line!

    • Randall Klein says:

      We need to pay more attention to what goes into my Blue bin. Thanks!

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