Recycled paper is baled for sale at Far West Recycling in Portland, Ore. 

Recycled paper is baled for sale at Far West Recycling in Portland, Ore. 

Courtesy of Far West Recycling

Some recyclables collected in the Portland area are now being dumped in the landfill, thanks to China’s decision to stop buying our mixed paper and plastic scraps for reuse.

For now, metro-area residents won’t be asked to change what they put in curbside recycling bins, but many should expect higher garbage bills.

“We’re still going to be recycling most of it,” said Matt Korot, Metro’s recycling program director. And while the industry is in flux, officials don’t want to confuse residents with a series of curbside collection changes.

“If you shut the faucet off, sometimes when you turn it back on, it just dribbles back,” explains Jerry Powell, editor, publisher and owner of Resource Recycling Inc., a Portland trade journal publisher.

Read the full article at the Portland Tribune