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Recycling or refuse?


January 10, 2018

SCOTT GAGNER, Sweet Home Sanitation site manager, points out a jug with liquid in it in a fairly clean pile of recycling. The liquid must be drained and the jug rinsed before being recycled.

Although they are impacting other communities, recycling bottlenecks created by new Chinese policies won't soon immediately impact Sweet Home residents, according to Sweet Home Sanitation Site Manager Scott Gagner.

"In March 2017, a new program went into effect called the National Sword," Gagner said. The Chinese government designed it to reduce smuggling and trash imports into China.

The program has drastically increased physical inspections at Chinese and American ports, Gagner said. "They started rejecting container loads in bigger numbers."

If one box is rejected, they send back all o...

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