The Kirkwood Call

Chinese regulations impact American recycling

“The average American should expect the cost of recycling collection to go up,” Biderman said. “It’s going to go up more on the coast than in the middle of the country, but it’s going to go up in both places.”

Maddie Meyers, web managing editor

September 20, 2018

Your shirt. Your shoes. Your phone. Chances are, all of these items were made in China. America even relies on China for its recycling needs. But that is about to change. According to David Biderman, Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) executive director, America exports about one third of its recycling, and most of that goes to China because America d...

The ripple effect

The ripple effect

Ally Ortmann, features + in depth editor

September 19, 2018

The City of Kirkwood introduced the possibility of suspending their curbside, single-stream recycling program due to increased contamination of loads being sent to China. However, due to opposition from the community, city officials announced they would continue to fund curbside pick up for the next 6...

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