The Quick Overview:
To put it mildly, the world is experiencing a dramatic disruption of the recycling industry. Why? China, the world’s largest importer and recycler of scrap metals, plastic, and paper, is no longer accepting loads of mixed plastics and mixed paper — as well as requiring less contamination in the recyclables it does accept. However, the issue has big implications closer to home. It means haulers will begin rejecting and/or imposing steep surcharges on loads it deems too contaminated.