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China Is Cutting Back on Your Recycling, Filling U.S. Dumps

Half of the Asian nation’s annual haul of discarded “mixed paper” comes from America

The king of junk is cutting back. China, which buys more than anyone, is trying to curb rampant pollution with new restrictions on waste imports and shutting old industrial plants, including mills that process foreign scrap into reusable raw metals. This development is a problem for the U.S., the world’s largest producer of waste, forcing some disposal companies in states like Oregon to dump their ever-growing mounds of recyclables into local landfills.

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