According to a recent report, half of the recyclables in some cities of the U.S. have been taken to an incineration facility and burned. This comes in after a recent ban by China on the import of recyclable items intended for reuse. However, some conscientious citizens still continue to segregate their waste items into recycling bins. This is definitely a rising issue for the U.S., as it threatens the risk of increased toxic pollution which may threaten the communities living near the dumping sites in the U.S.
A whopping 200 tons of recycling material in the recycling industry is apparently sent every day to the Covanta incinerator in Chester City, Pennsylvania, just outside Philadelphia since the ban has kicked in. On the other hand, it has also increased the risk of dumping in the local landfills in America which can threaten the spread of harmful health and respiratory diseases. Michael Parkowski, chief of business and governmental services at the Delaware Solid Waste Authority says “Now is one of the worst times for the recycling market and it is happening all over the country”. Newspapers are also reporting that U.S. waste facilities are burning plastics, e-waste and sending the recycled paper to landfill. But, this issue looks temporary.
At Surplus Service, we understand that there is a sense of mass confusion and need for direction and hence we are extending our full support to the community to help them dispose off e-waste responsibly or educate companies and communities about e-waste. We provide the highest e-waste recycling solutions that lead to higher sustainability reuse and disposal of electronics rather than simply recycling them or sending them to the landfill. Not just that, we also provide zero waste options for a company’s e-waste recycling initiatives.
In a recent statement released by the EPA about the latest national recycling and composting estimates states that Americans generated 67.8 million tons of recycling. Well, if you are thinking how much of that went into recycling to China? We’d say, a lot.
The Environmental Services Department reported to the San Diego City Council members in May that the total value of recycling materials exported from California alone was about $5.2 billion. China was the biggest buyer of U.S. recyclable materials before the ban came into effect. The Chinese government has implemented a strict rule that does not allow the import of 24 recyclable materials including mixed paper and post-consumer plastics, such as water bottles and yoghurt containers. Their vision is to end all imports of foreign recyclable material by 2020. However, the ban on foreign imports may create an opportunity for China to better recycle their own waste.
In other words, the U.S. may start investing its own recycling centres to recycle the materials. But, this is not possible until each of us actively support the cause. Do your bit by taking small steps towards change in your own communities. If you need help or are looking to organize an e-waste awareness program.