A huge money loser – Recycling in New Jersey is in trouble

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DAVID MATTHAU / NJ 101.5 – For the past several years, recycling programs in New Jersey have been turned upside down because of a change in how the material is handled.

China, the country that had been receiving the majority of recycled material from New Jersey for decades, recently tightened requirements and is now rejecting many recyclables that are contaminated by food and other waste.

The change has made disposal of recycled material more difficult and costly for towns across the Garden State, and some of them have changed their policies and are now collecting fewer recycling items …

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