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California Falling Behind 2020 Recycling Target

Recycling isn’t just a business, but also a matter of preservation. The state of California, one of the foremost leaders in recycling in the US, with its many junk removal Orange County companies and the like, set a self-imposed goal for recycling; by 2020, the state hopes to have 75% of the materials it uses to be recyclable.

The most recent annual recycling rate recorded by the state was 42%, in 2017, which is a dip from the highest set by California; 50% in 2014.

CalRecycle Spokesperson Lance Klug, says that, regardless of when the state gets there, whether by 2020, 2025, or 2030, California needs to set a goal, in order to figure out the vision is, plan things out, set the right policies and enact those appropriately, as those will affect the state, particularly businesses that handle recycling and junk removal Orange County, among others.

Klug explains that there are a lot of variables that have led to the current state of recycling in California, but the biggest one, reportedly, is China. The country’s is the biggest exporter of recycled goods for California, which is why The Golden State have been hit hard.

According to Klug, it’s not just a matter of making sure that the materials are recyclable, it’s also a matter of finding a market for these things.

On top of that, online shopping have also upped the use of packaging of paper and plastic containers across the world.

Californians Against Waste’s Mark Murray says that plastic is the biggest obstacle when it comes to recycling. Plastic are classified into numbers, based on their composition. Number one to two, like water and soda bottles, are in demand, but plastics numbered three to seven aren’t really in demand.

Higher numbered plastics have become harder to recyclable in recent years, hence their lowered demand. Plastics numbered three to five, which include yogurt containers, have depreciated in value, which is still better compared to those numbered six and seven, which don’t have a market.

Murray explains that higher numbered plastics are becoming more commonplace as they’re cheaper to manufacture for companies who are dealing with increased cost.

The primary suggestion is aimed at consumers, in order to discourage them from using one-time plastic. However, the proposed Senate Bill 54 would pressure companies to increase their sale and utilize recyclable materials.

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