Locally processed materials
Despite shifting world markets for much of Canada’s recyclable materials, Recycle BC has been able to ensure that plastic packaging, paper products, glass and metal containers collected through its program in B.C. are still being recycled and processed locally.
China used to accept the vast majority of the worlds recycling due to cheaper shipping costs.
In January 2018, China’s passed the “National Sword” policy, banning the import of most plastics and other materials headed for that nation’s recycling processors, which had handled nearly half of the world’s recyclable waste for the past quarter century.