Chinese workers unload used plastic bottles for recycling at a plastic material factory in Wuhan, in this 2010 file photo. Photo: AFP

Trashed: China is forcing small-town America to stop recycling, by refusing to buy mountains of contaminated waste

  • New Chinese policies about contaminant levels in the recyclable waste it imports have transformed how small US cities deal with their garbage
  • Some US cities have halted plastic and glass recycling entirely, unable to find buyers for the waste
Topic |   Environment

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Chinese workers unload used plastic bottles for recycling at a plastic material factory in Wuhan, in this 2010 file photo. Photo: AFP
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