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By Madeline Coats
Editor, Mill Creek Beacon 

Mill Creek takes action to reset the recycling industry


Last updated 9/20/2019 at 1:36pm

China is the largest manufacturing nation in the world, and the most sizeable consumer of recyclables. U.S. recyclers have relied on demand from the Chinese market and low shipping rates to China. 

There is no country or combination of countries that can consume the amount of material China has historically imported for manufacturing, according to the Washington Refuse and Recycling Association.

The West Coast is suffering the strongest impacts due to historical reliance on Chinese markets for recyclables. Many materials are flooding ports and disrupting markets in other countries. Thailan...

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