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Rejection to encourage recycling

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Many countries used to send their dirtiest recycling to China, where cheap labor sorted through the mess extracting valuables and dumping the rest. Plastic waste is a particular problem. But in 2017, China severely tightened rules for taking contaminated trash.

The Recycling Partnership in the US tested  a program that educates citizens on what materials had value to recyclers. 

They found that what worked best was sending a mailing that educated residents on the rules, then following up by enforcing those rules uncompromisingly. This included putting a team of inspectors out to evaluate each recycling bin and leave Oops cards on bins they rejected for collection. 


https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-01-29/the-future-of-recycling-is-sanitation-workers-rejecting-your-bin

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Lynn Wood @ 2020.01.30 1:36 PM
The deposit return scheme for plastic bottles should also be much more widespread than it is now. 
https://www.ideaspies.com/posts/a-deposit-return-scheme-that-reduces-littering

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By Lynn Wood

30 January 2020

 
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