MEDFORD, Ore. -- Rogue Disposal & Recycling is hitting the reset button on its curbside recycling program by limiting the types of items its customers can recycle. The change comes in response to the global recycling crisis brought on by China's recent crackdown on imported recyclable materials.
China promised to significantly limit the amount of material it imports from other countries. The country argued the material it received had too much trash and not enough valuable material. China consumes over half the world's recyclable materials so in order to keep up with changing market standards, Rogue Disposal & Recycling is changing its methods.
"We are trying to use and collect materials that have domestic markets,"said Garry Penning, director of governmental affairs with Rogue Disposal & Recycling. "We also need to get the garbage out, whether it goes to the United States or it gets shipped overseas."
Beginning Monday, March 5th, customers will be asked to limit items in their red recycling bin to the following materials:
- Corrugated Cardboard (the kind with the wavy middle layer)
- Tin and Aluminum Cans (no lids)
- Newspaper (including inserts and ads, no magazines)
- Plastic Milk Jug Style Containers (clear or white, no lids)
The glass depots can be found at the following locations:
- Ray's Food Place
- Food 4 Less
- Sherm's Thunderbird Market
For more recycling information, click here to visit Rogue Disposal's guidelines for recycling.