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April 26, 2019
Press Release - Jim's Disposal Notifies City of Plan to Temporarily Take Recycling to Landfill

Recycling in the United States is changing at a rapid rate. Things we always thought were recyclable are no longer recyclable. Historically, the US shipped much of its plastic and cardboard abroad to places like China and Malaysia. All of this came to an abrupt halt in 2018 when these countries tightened its standards for acceptable contamination (non-recyclable product mixed with recyclable product), especially plastic. Materials were so contaminated that the cost of labor went up so much China couldn't afford to clean our materials. Single-stream recycling or mixed recycling is a major culprit of contamination. This is why many residential curbside recycling programs are being suspended. Haulers simply have no where to take the items. 

These topics have been in the local and national news over the past few months. It's something that's happening nationwide, not just in Belton. Here are a few news stories, if you'd like to learn more.

Local Channel 9 News Stories
Audit Shows What Homeowners Get Right & Wrong with Recycling
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7hw0I-hxN0

Popular Recycling Center in Blue Springs May be Going Away
https://www.kmbc.com/article/popular-recycling-center-in-blue-springs-may-be-going-away/27797179

Local Channel 41 News Stories
Changes in China Affecting KC Recycling
https://www.kshb.com/news/local-news/changes-in-china-affecting-kansas-city-recycling

Common Consumer Mistakes
https://www.kshb.com/news/local-news/stop-bagging-your-recyclables-recycling-audit-shows-common-consumer-mistakes

CBS News
China Plastic Ban
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/recycling-after-chinas-plastic-ban-american-cities-face-recycling-crisis/?fbclid=IwAR1N_Orlw0kzswUdgB4A5FnDTgWSEmHKFqGdSAYuKCNbA3cRsNhy3SeCTPE

NBC News
What Americans Know about Recycling is Probably Wrong
https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/everything-americans-think-they-know-about-recycling-probably-wrong-ncna994261

CNN News
187 Countries Restrict Plastic Waste Trade
https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/11/world/basel-convention-plastic-waste-trade-intl/index.html

Vox Media
https://www.vox.com/the-goods/2019/3/18/18271470/us-cities-stop-recycling-china-ban-on-recycles

The Week Publications, Inc

American's Recycling Problem 
https://theweek.com/articles/819488/america-recycling-problem-heres-how-solve?fbclid=IwAR0BSalSF4NmkiaE2gyCIUKhKTcsls6vr2PAf6nRwxI-grnvp3QI2knu8Xo


Please understand the City Council is looking into and considering all available recycling options. We hope to have a short-term solution soon.
The City will continue to release up-to-date information to the public to ensure citizens are well informed about the status of recycling in our community. We are hopeful for a cost-effective and timely resolution.

While curbside recycling may or may not return, there are recycling centers just a few miles from Belton.

There is additional information on our Recycling webpage.

There is also a user-friendly website, www.recyclespot.org that allows you search for a center near you that accepts your type of item.

Mid-America Regional Council has published a very easy to use Recycling Flier showing which items can and cannot be recycled.



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