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Sweet Home facing 'recycling crisis,' City Council told


April 4, 2018

A number of items contaminate comingled recycling, including a foam meat tray, several plastic items and pizza box with food and grease on it.

Recycling materials are piling up at material recovery facilities with nowhere to go, and that includes refuse from Sweet Home.

Sweet Home Sanitation Site Manager Scott Gagner said the grounds around Pioneer Recycling Services in the Portland area, where Sweet Home's recycling is trucked, were once clean. But now, after the implementation of Chinese restrictions on recycling material, hundreds of tons are piled on the grounds because the company has nowhere to take it.

It is a "recycling crisis," Gagner told the City Council March 27 during its regular meeting, and he said he is looking f...

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