Rogue Disposal & Recycling is expecting changes to be made to their curbside recycling program. (Genevieve Grippo/KTVL)MEDFORD, Ore. —
At Rogue Disposal & Recycling, the list of accepted materials at their public drop-off point has seen some downsizing.
It’s mainly because all of those recyclable goods have nowhere to go.
“They’re having a hard time getting that material to China to get recycled,” said Denise Barnes, Recycling Education and Community Outreach Coordinator for Rogue Disposal & Recycling. “Loads are being rejected because contamination levels are too high.”
The new list allows only for cardboard, glass, metal, milk jugs and newspaper at the facility’s public drop-off area.
In addition, they’re no longer taking any mixed recyclables. All objects must be clean and sorted.
Otherwise, they could wind up in a landfill.
For now, the curbside recycling service is staying as-is, but Barnes says they’re expecting to see changes to the program soon.
“Everyone is waiting to hear what China is going to actually ban from the mix,” said Barnes. “Hopefully that happens in January.”
Recent restrictions in China have limited the materials we can send their way, including glass. Barnes says it’s likely that glass will no longer be accepted in curbside recyclables.
In response, Rogue Disposal has found a way to reuse the material locally.
At the Dry Creek Landfill, glass can be repurposed to line gas collection trenches. The process replaces…
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