Environment & Energy Report

Cities, States, Others Are Falling Short on Recycling Goals

Jan. 21, 2020, 11:56 AM

Cities and states with big ambitions to reduce landfill waste by 2020 are falling short of their goals as the markets for recyclables are changing and the cost to process them is going up, Brenna Goth writes.

  • China’s decision to stop taking most recyclables from the U.S. in 2018 roughly cut in half the revenue from selling the recyclables people put in their curbside bins. Agencies nationwide are having to to rethink how to address the pollution, land use, and sustainability concerns that come with more trash.
  • Bloomberg Environment looked at five cities, three states, one county, and one university...
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