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China bans foreign waste – but what will happen to the world’s recycling? [Copy link] 中文

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Construction materials, waste water and excess power are already being recycled/reused in China. T ...
Plastic bottles are being recycled but plastic bags are not because they are not recyclable.


In our area, garbage collectors do separate plastic bags and deliver them for recycling. Also sufficiently clean plastic food containers get recycled. I don't know where those go or what happens to them, but they are clearly separated from rest of garbage, if the collectors catch them before garbage trucks.




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NO!!! We don't need these waste any more!!!

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Many recyclable products in China are simply burned, to create electricity, or to minimize waste. This increases the amount of CO2 that China sends into the atmosphere. Many would agree that that's not a good thing.

Here in BC, in Canada, we don't do that. A lot of our recycling gets re-purposed. Here are the steps:

STEP ONE
Collected at curbside, multi-family dwellings or depots

Step one
Collected at curbside, multi-family dwellings or depots.

When you set out your materials at curbside, take them to your multi-family recycling location or take them to a depot, they are collected by a specialized truck that transports your packaging and printed paper to the next stage in the process. These trucks are designed for efficient collection. Some have automated arms, compaction systems, and even the ability to collect other waste types in separate compartments.


Step two
Transported to a material recovery facility (MRF)

Materials are transported to a material recovery facility (MRF) either by single stream (unsorted) or multi-stream (sorted). Glass is separated upon collection to prevent contamination. The materials are unloaded in bulk and put onto a conveyor belt where they enter the sorting process.

Step three
Sorted and baled

The materials to be recycled travel along a series of conveyor belts where non-recyclable items are first manually removed. The process then continues using equipment such as rotating drum screens, magnetic separators, optical sorters and air classifiers to separate the different materials into their specific designated categories.

These materials continue along conveyor belts for a final quality control clean-up before landing in their own storage areas as sorted materials. These sorted materials, such as plastic jugs, aluminum cans, steel cans, newspaper, cardboard, etc. are then baled together with like materials and staged for shipping.


Step four
Converted into raw material commodities

Once a full truck load of each sorted and baled material is ready, they are shipped off to end markets and processed into new raw materials. Many materials are pelletized or shredded but some are spun into fibre or crushed into fine particles. These raw material commodities are sold to manufacturers and turned into new products!


Step five
Recycled into new products

Many materials are recycled back to their original purpose, like plastic bottles and paper products – closing the loop of the product’s life cycle. Others are transformed into completely new products like furniture, car bumpers and shelving. Some materials, such as steel and aluminum cans, have no limit to the number of times they can be recycled back into new materials.

Recycling materials reduces the need to use virgin raw materials.



If China stops importing waste from countries like Canada, I see that as a positive thing for us. It opens up opportunities for more recycling centres, plastics pelletizing plants, etc., to be built. That creates new businesses and new employment opportunities.
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