Recycling sorters pull non-recyclables off a conveyor belt at Garten Services in Salem on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018.

Recycling sorters pull non-recyclables off a conveyor belt at Garten Services in Salem on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018.

Anna Reed/Statesman Journal

Paper and plastic are piling up at recycling centers across Oregon in the wake of China’s refusal to take them.

Already, the state has given a dozen recyclers permission to send the materials to landfills.

“The warehouse is full of mixed paper and plastics with nowhere to go,” said Gaelen McAllister of Garten Services, which provides recycling services for Marion County.

The crisis comes on the heels of a new report that shows Oregonians are producing more garbage than ever, and recycling a smaller percentage of it.

Read the whole story at Statesman Journal.