Described as a “wakeup call” to the United States, the Republic of China’s decision to cease serving as a garbage dump for the world has crippled Phoenix East Valley municipal recycling businesses, costing municipalities hundreds of thousands of dollars.
The impact is dramatic: Last year, Chandler earned over a half-million dollars for selling its recyclables. This year, the Chinese action will cost the city nearly twice that instead to get rid of them.
Declared “National Sword” by Chinese President Xi Jinping, China’s drastic change to its recycling policy is aimed at stopping the flow of “foreign garbage” into the country.
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