China restricts imports of foreign garbage, California's largest recycler, RePlanet, closed down

Aug. 07, 2019

[China Packaging News] On August 5th , RePlanet , the largest recycling center operator in California, announced the closure of its business, shutting down its 284 recycling centers and laying off 750 people. However, the company's recycling station in Temple City is still being sold from time to time with reclaimed materials. It is unbelievable after the company's collapse.

The Chinese grandfather who lived nearby said: "I came on Sunday and Monday. On the fourth day today, I didn't see it open. I found the note today." The recycling station did not close the business. During the visit, I only saw a blank piece of paper on the door, which simply said "closed". The small words added: "They said it closed down."

Chinese old man lost money

The Chinese-born old man said that he went out every day and took a small car after walking on the bicycle. He walked and squatted for about 30 minutes. He took a plastic bottle and an aluminum can of a small car. He said: "Some people will give me the recyclables for free. I want to give them money. They don't accept it."

The old man went to the recycle bin three or four times a week, and changed about a dozen dollars each time. He said, "Because you put too much recycling at home, the child will be upset." Grandpa said that in the past, the recycling station was nine When he opened the door halfway, he had to wait in line at eight o'clock. Although he arrived early, he sometimes had to line up for three or four hours. Many people took the recycling materials and earned thousands of dollars a month.

The reporter stayed at the recycling station for about 20 minutes and encountered three people who wanted to sell the recyclables but emptied. Most people said that they did not know that the recycling bins were closed. They all said that because many people can wait to line up every day and wait for redemption of the money, they do not see any operational difficulties.

Other recycling business is getting busy

The president of RePlanet announced that the company had ceased operations because of the soaring commercial costs and the decline in the price of recycled aluminum and PET plastics. As early as 3 years ago, RePlanet closed 191 recycling centers and laid off 300 people. According to Consumer Watch Organization CoNsumer Watchdog 's survey of the California recycling industry reported that more than 40% of recycling centers were closed in the past five years , resulting in only half of the bottle recycling revenues being taken away.

The reporter visited the recycling stations belonging to other recycling center operators, and many people went to sell plastic bottles and iron and aluminum cans. A recycling staff in San Gabriel said that their business has become more busy due to the closure of RePlanet 's recycling bins.

California regulations require garbage collection

A Chinese who went to the recycling station said that in addition to collecting their own bottles and beverage cans, many people drink drinks in the summer and walk around the park. They can accumulate thousands of bottles in a week.

California regulations strictly require garbage collection, and more than half of all municipal domestic waste must not be buried and must be recycled. In 2012 , the new decree AB341 further stipulated that by 2020 , the urban domestic garbage recovery rate should be increased to 75% , and the recycling rate of most commercial areas buried in the land must reach 30% . Earlier this year, California lawmakers proposed AB1080 , which requires that plastics and other disposable materials sold in California must be reusable by 2030 , either fully recyclable or compostable. Currently AB1080 has It is being reviewed by the state Senate through the state House of Representatives.

In the past, most of California's garbage shipped to China, but since2017 Nian 7 month, China banned imports of waste plastics, waste paper, waste slag, waste textile and slag and other 14 major categories of 125 kinds of solid-waste recycling industry has been lead Shock. Most of the waste disposal companies in Southern California are turning to Southeast Asia or other regions to find new waste export stations.