Recyclables from U.S. to China and back

COMMENTARY /// Eye on the Environment


Discussions of international trade sometimes focus on Chinese policies promoting factories in that country. However, the Chinese government recently implemented policies deterring certain types of manufacturing, and this presents Ventura County recyclers with both costs and opportunities.
By volume, America’s largest export is recyclables, with China as the major destination. Its lower labor and environmental compliance costs attracted America’s discards, enabling Chinese factories to turn the...

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