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China’s Recyclable Materials Policy Could Lead To Loss Of Revenue For San Diego

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China's Recyclable Materials Policy Could Lead To Loss Of Revenue For San Diego

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Ken Prue, recycling program manager, city of San Diego

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On Thursday, San Diego's environmental committee will consider a change to its contract with the two companies that recycle the material San Diegans put in their blue bins.

The change would effectively end recycling as a source of revenue for the city. In fiscal year 2017, the city received $4 million in revenue for its recyclables.

The change is being requested because China will no longer buy certain recyclable materials and has required an increase in quality of the materials it will buy. This has led to increased costs and a loss of revenue for the companies that process and sell San Diego's recyclables, IMS Recycling Services and Allan Company.

Previously, 60 percent of the city's exported recyclable material was sent to China. Since the implementation of China's National Sword policy, that has decreased to 24 percent.

San Diego's recycling program manager, Ken Prue, will join Midday Edition on Thursday to discuss the impact of the new policy.

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