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Recycling - When will it resume?

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-- Israeli comment, quoted by David Holmgren

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Temporary (?) Recycling halt in Oregon and other parts of the US.

Due to concerns about the purity of material shipped from the US, China is severely cutting back the amount of commingled recycling it will accept. This change has trickled down to the local level in Oregon, and is worrying loyal recyclers -- individuals and services -- who used to rely on China's receiving these materials. Here is more:

Quote from Rogue Disposal, "The presence of contaminants such as food and liquid waste, string, plastic bags, bottle caps, lids and other unrecyclable materials can spoil whole batches of materials, turning them into unusable garbage."

We've prepared a summary of local recycling options.

How it used to was (and in fact, often still is):

Title Author, etc. Medium Topic Library Description
The Closing Circle Barry Commoner Book Econ, Envir ILL Commoner was one of the first to suggest that the American economy should be restructured to conform to the laws of the natural world. In this book he enunciates and explains his 'Four Laws of Ecology'.
Dare to repair Sussman, Julie Recycling/repair Kl Co Subtitled "A do-it-herself guide to fixing (almost) anything in the home."
Reuse It City of Eugene Video Recyc. KSC Ideas and urgings about reusing all and sundry items.
Scrappers Rondinella & Kimble Video Recycling Kl Co "How the Heartland won WW II" by collecting scrap metals

Important specific areas:

Local resources in addition to those in the 'location & materials' list linked above:

  • LampTracker is Waste Management's website that explains recycling fluorescent lamps, which contain mercury, and are subject to state and federal requirements.
  • Waste Mgt's web page for Klamath residents has good information on recycling and other waste topics, such as what to do with electronic items (not in the general waste stream!).

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