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Faye Flam and Adam Minter

So Where Should We Put Our Recycling?

China doesn’t want it anymore, and it’s starting to pile up.

Can’t send it all to China anymore.

Can’t send it all to China anymore.

Photographer: Laura Lezza/Getty Images Europe

Over the past quarter century, China has accepted some 279 million metric tons of America’s scrap. This year, however, China stopped accepting most of the U.S.’s (and the developing world’s) scrap, which includes paper and plastic recycling. So where should it all go? Bloomberg Opinion columnists Faye Flam and Adam Minter met online recently to discuss the recycling crisis  and what, if anything, you can do about it.

Is there much that any single member of the bottle-rinsing public can do to resolve this recycling crisis?