The cost of dirty recycling

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The cost of dirty recycling

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A city of Durango recycling truck dumps its load at the Durango Recycling Center facility on Wednesday. The city recycles 30 percent of the waste that residents and commercial businesses generate, a much higher percentage than the state as a whole.
At the Durango Recycling Center, Jonny Mestas pulls nonrecyclables from the conveyor as it carries recyclables to the compactor.
Bales of compacted recycling are ready to be shipped from the Durango Recycling Center on Wednesday. China’s restrictions on recycled materials have hurt the market for recyclables internationally.
Employees at Phoenix Recycling sort materials at the company’s facility on County Road 307 on Thursday. The company collects single-stream recyclables from residences, and it also takes construction-site waste. Both types of materials are sorted using the same conveyor belts.
Phoenix Recycling held some of its cardboard back after the prices fell in recent months. China’s ban on some recyclables caused the market to crash.

The cost of dirty recycling

A city of Durango recycling truck dumps its load at the Durango Recycling Center facility on Wednesday. The city recycles 30 percent of the waste that residents and commercial businesses generate, a much higher percentage than the state as a whole.
At the Durango Recycling Center, Jonny Mestas pulls nonrecyclables from the conveyor as it carries recyclables to the compactor.
Bales of compacted recycling are ready to be shipped from the Durango Recycling Center on Wednesday. China’s restrictions on recycled materials have hurt the market for recyclables internationally.
Employees at Phoenix Recycling sort materials at the company’s facility on County Road 307 on Thursday. The company collects single-stream recyclables from residences, and it also takes construction-site waste. Both types of materials are sorted using the same conveyor belts.
Phoenix Recycling held some of its cardboard back after the prices fell in recent months. China’s ban on some recyclables caused the market to crash.
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