China blamed for anticipated recycling fee increase


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Jennifer Riordan says she and her family learned the values of recycling early on.

“It's amazing. Our trash can was half full after we started recycling. It's definitely something we use and it's important," Riordan said Monday as her kids loaded up the bin outside their Walker home with some of the weekend’s recyclables.

But for Riordan and other families who take the time to recycle, the old adage that no good deed goes unpunished is beginning to seem appropriate.

China's decision to stop accepting foreign recyclables, mainly assorted paper products, at the beginning of 2018 has created a glut of product and therefore driven down the prices recycling centers, like Kent County's, can charge to sell their recyclables.

It's happening even though Kent County has never sold to China.

Full story: WOOD TV


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