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
Popular Recycling Center in Blue Springs May be Going Away
Local Channel 41 News Stories
Changes in China Affecting KC Recycling
Common Consumer Mistakes
China Plastic Ban
What Americans Know about Recycling is Probably Wrong
187 Countries Restrict Plastic Waste Trade
The Week Publications, Inc
American's Recycling Problem
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.