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Changes to recycling coming to county

By on October 3, 2018 at 2:59 pm

Recycling is one of the easiest things that can be done on a daily basis to “save the environment.” 

It’s not even necessary to leave the house to make an impact.

But changes to recycling from an unlikely source are about to effect most Monroe County households.

“About a year ago we paid $12 to $15 a ton for curbside recycling,” said Reliable Sanitation owner Tim Scheibe. “This summer, it jumped to the $65-70 range. In September it was $79 a ton.

“We’ve been absorbing that additional cost,” he added.

At the time the U.S. began lodging tariffs against China, the nation was importing as much as 90 percent of all U.S. co-mingled, or mixed curbside, recycling.

After the U.S. tariffs took effect, China changed its regulations. Instead of accepting recycling with contaminants in the double digit percentile, they dropped to accepting recycling with no more than 5 percent contaminants.

“This just could not be done without a lot of different, extra costs involved,” Scheibe said…>>>

 


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Andrea F.D. Saathoff

Andrea is a graduate of Gibault High School and the University of Missouri School of Journalism, the University of Missouri Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville College of Education. She lives in Columbia with her husband and their twin toddler sons. When she isn't cheering on St. Louis Cardinals baseball or riding the emotional roller coaster of Mizzou Tigers football, she enjoys attending and participating in the many family events the county has to offer. email: andrea@republictimes.net