Challenges Recyclable Waste Haulers Face
In the wake of China's increasing restrictions on imported recyclable waste, companies in the United States and around the globe have been forced to reevaluate their recycling strategies. This puts increased pressure on those companies that haul recyclable waste, like us here at Central Kentucky Fiber Resources, to streamline the process and make it easier for everyone to recycle. However, innovation comes at a cost, and the sudden rise in domestic recyclables due to China's ban is creating a host of new challenges for waste haulers.
Families and businesses across the country recycle, but not everyone does it correctly. Putting non-recyclable items in the same bin as recyclable ones can mean waste haulers spend additional time sorting through everything. This results in increased cost for the waste haulers. At the same time, the increase in available materials has driven down the price of recyclables, costing haulers even more money.
The Cost to Consumers
While this may not seem like a big deal to the general consumer at first, it could result in increased prices across the board. As businesses are forced to pay higher prices to get rid of their recyclable waste, they will have to make up for the financial loss in other areas. Most likely, it will lead to an increase in the price customers pay for the company's products or services. This affects everyone's cost of living, both here in the U.S. and around the world.
What You Can Do to Help
Consumers and businesses have the power to make things easier on waste hauling companies and recycling facilities. For starters, you should avoid recycling anything with food or liquid on it, including oil and grease. Also, it's important to never put batteries in the recycling bin. Although some batteries can be recycled, it requires specialized equipment to do the job. Standard recycling facilities typically don't have this capability, and any batteries that sneak through undetected can cause fires and explosions. The same goes for plastic grocery bags. These bags can be recycled, but only at specialized facilities. Bring the bags back to your grocer for proper recycling.
Learn More about the Challenges Facing the Recycling Industry
If you have questions about current events in the recycling industry or any other recycling-related questions, the experts here at Central Kentucky Fiber Resources are here to help. One of our core goals is educating the public about recycling and recyclable waste management. The more people know, the easier things will be for those in our industry and the world at large. We welcome your questions and inquiries, so don't be shy about reaching out. Get in touch with us today to learn more about how the recycling industry works and what you can do to help it.