Recycling businesses struggling around the country

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Eau Claire (WQOW)- Recycling businesses around the country are struggling, but locally the impact isn’t hitting hard, yet.

Eau Claire County Recycling Coordinator Meghan Burkett said we send our recyclables to China, but recently they’ve been cracking down on what they will take from us.

Burkett said our recyclables now have to be less than 10 percent contaminated. If it isn’t, it ends up sitting in a warehouse or lot until they find a way to get rid of it.

She said when it’s sitting in a warehouse, it isn’t generating money.

It isn’t happening here, but some cities are being charged hundreds of thousands of dollars to get rid of the recyclables that can’t be sent to China.

“It hasn’t come down stream all the way as far as Eau Claire County yet,” Burkett said. “We’re starting to see some impact on what it’s going to cost us to continue the recycling program, but it hasn’t hit us hard yet.”

Burkett said when in doubt throw it out. She said it’s better to throw away a recyclable if you’re not sure if it will be accepted.

If you do recycle, always rinse it out.

Shannon Satterlee

Shannon Satterlee

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