Wednesday, January 17, 2018

China Is No Longer Taking Recyclables

Well, it was bound to happen sooner or later.  According to the New York Times, China is refusing to take the world's recyclables any longer, thus leaving Western countries with heaps of trash.  You see, whenever you send your trash to be recycled, it goes someplace else.  In about 50 percent of those cases, your trash made its way to China, and China says no more.  So, recycle depots are scrambling for other places to recycle trash.

I'll admit that we were on the late side when it came to recycling, but we've seen the benefits, We generate much less trash because of the recyclers.  But what to do when there's no place to put the trash?

Almost all the trash at my house comes from packaging.  It really is annoying how much packaging goes into products.  We have little food waste because we have animals that will take care of it, namely chickens, turkeys, and goats.  What they produce gets pushed off to the side of the hill which decomposes and becomes rich soil.  I've had people come and take it for free for their gardens.

Obviously, the right solution would be less packaging, which causes problems in and of itself. Perhaps that's why carrying reusable bags and purchasing products with minimal packaging might be in order.  Just some things to think about...

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