Stricter Chinese recycling rules make it harder to dispose of waste in NJ

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TOM JOHNSON / NJ SPOTLIGHT – Recycling is getting a lot more complicated, a trend that is spiking costs and leaving reams of paper, plastics and other recyclables to pile up in warehouses, or worse, in landfills.

It is a problem occurring not only in New Jersey, but across the nation as China, the biggest market for recyclables in the past, has essentially stopped accepting raw materials from foreign recycling businesses. The new policies this spring have disrupted a global market and left some communities with the unhappy prospect of paying to get rid of recyclables instead of selling the waste …

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