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23 Million Pounds Of Recyclables Dumped In Oregon Landfills

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Anna Reed/Statesman Journal
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Trash that cannot be recycled or sold is baled to be sent to a landfill at Garden Recycling in Sale on Friday, Aug. 3, 2018.

Oregonians have sent 23 million pounds of recyclables to landfills in the months since China began turning them away.

Salem’s Garten Services is among those that have dumped the most, throwing away 2.6 million pounds of mixed paper and certain plastics collected in Marion County residents’ big blue bins.

On Jan. 1, China stopped allowing many materials to be imported for recycling, saying contamination levels were too high. China was the world’s largest importer of recycled paper and plastic, and took most of Oregon’s recycling.

About half of Marion County’s recycling goes to Salem’s Garten Services, with the rest going to Pioneer Recycling Services in Portland.

Read the whole story at the Statesman Journal.