City of Tacoma Recycling Program Changes
Last year, China banned the import of most paper and plastic for recycling. Much of the material they received was considered contamination because it was too dirty or not valuable. Recycling markets around the globe are feeling the impacts of the ban and are working to adjust. The United States generates a lot of recyclable material, but the current system isn’t set up to process it all domestically. The increased cost of processing and lower market values make Tacoma’s recycling program more expensive. Tacoma's Solid Waste Management (SWM) is exploring options to offset increased costs. SWM identified four options to offset costs and these were presented to members of the Tacoma City Council in December 2018. The Council would like feedback from recycling customers on what they think is best for the City.

Watch the video below to find out more about the impacts of China's policy changes to the U.S. recycling market. Also, please fill out the survey below to let us know what you think of the recycling program and any proposed changes.

Tacoma Report Recycling Changes
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