Chinese policy leaves Santa Cruz County recycling centers adrift

SANTA CRUZ >> Santa Cruz city residents toss tons of paper into blue recycling bins each week, but since March, only a fraction of that material has moved into the hands of recyclers. Due to a wave of Chinese import restrictions and global recycling markets in a rut, 1,000 bales of paper weighing 1,500 pounds each are stockpiled at the Resource Recovery Facility at Dimeo Lane, which collects, sorts and sells the waste of city residents.

 

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City of Santa Cruz Waste Reduction Manager Mary Simmons walks past bales of paper that have been stockpiled, waiting for a buyer, at the Resource Recovery Facility on Dimeo Lane in June. (Shmuel Thaler — Santa Cruz Sentinel file)

 

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One comment on “Chinese policy leaves Santa Cruz County recycling centers adrift


  1. so why isn’t anyone opening up a processing center to make use of all the recycleable material we are creating? Seems like there could be some money to be made.


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