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Recycling Upended & What You Can Do to Recycle Right

The Status Quo Is Unsustainable - The Need For Clean Streams Is NOW

Meridian Waste is proud to be your environmental services provider. Unfortunately, a recycling crisis is sweeping the U.S. and frustratingly, it’s impacting virtually all of the communities in which we provide service. World market conditions and current contamination levels have forced many processors into an unsustainable model to continue operating as before.

Recycling is a true cycle and requires viable buyers of non-contaminated processed materials to be a truly sustainable system.

We need your help to clean up the recycling stream if we are going to continue to provide the service to homes and businesses.

Read these helpful tips and common mistakes so you can do your part to Recycle Right. 

Always check your local governments’ garbage and recycling guidelines for specific information about your recycling services as they can vary greatly from one community to another.


Recycling In Need of Restructure

A Meridian Waste white paper addressing the crossroads of recycling sustainability in the United States. 

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An Unsustainable Path: Restructuring the Recycling Industry, written by Meridian Waste

“Rethinking Recycling: How Cities Can Adapt to Evolving Markets,” written by National League of Cities (NLC)



China confirms expanded import ban starting Jan. 1, Resource Recycling, December 1, 2020

ISRI Offers Overview of the State of Recycling Before U.S. House Recycling Caucus, September 25, 2019

9 Things You Think Are Environmentally Friendly — But Aren’t, Waste Advantage, August 12, 2019

As Costs Skyrocket, More U.S. Cities Stop Recycling, The New York Times, March 16, 2019

Piling Up: How China’s Ban on Importing Waste Has Stalled Global Recycling, Yale Environment 360, March 7, 2019

Since china’s ban, recycling in the us has gone up in flames, Wired, February 27, 2019

How small cities around the country are fighting to save recycling, Waste Dive, January 28, 2019

The Era Of Easy Recycling May Be Coming To An End, Five Thirty Eight, January 10, 2019

New Chinese policy is forcing people to think: Is there a better way to recycle?, Public Radio International, December 14, 2018

Single-Stream Recycling (and China) Throwing Recycling Markets Into Chaos, Next City, December 3, 2018

St. Louis suburbs find recycling solutions after major MRF halts service, Waste Dive, November 2, 2018

What the closing of a West County recycling center means for recycling in St. Louis area, KMOV-TV, October 30, 2018

Recycling, Once Embraced by Businesses and Environmentalists, Now Under Siege, Wall Street Journal, May 13, 2018

China’s Recycling Regulations: How American Cities Can Benefit, Waste 360, September 26, 2018

Mountains of US recycling pile up as China restricts imports, Public Radio International, January 1, 2018

China’s changing policies on imported recyclables, National Waste & Recycling Association, April 2018

Industry Builds the Future of Recycling Amid China Ban Woes, Waste 360, June 29, 2018

What Chinese import policies mean for all 50 states, Waste Dive, June 29, 2018

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