China change propels recycling costs in Kent Co.


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The cost of recycling in Kent County is expected to nearly double for many customers next year, leading to fears that the plastic and paper that's been going into park benches and cereal boxes will end up in the dump.

"The fear really is that people will look at the cost of recycling as a barrier and decide not to do it," said Kent County Department of Public Works Marketing Director Kristen Wieland.

"What we really hope is that they'll see the value that recycling provides to our community," she said.

It's simple economics that starts in China.

China decided that the recycled stuff they were getting from the United States wasn't clean enough, so they stopped taking it.

While Kent County has never sent its recycled material to China, those who did had to turn to processors in the U.S. to get rid of it.

Full story: WOOD TV


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