Recycling crisis: China doesn’t want our waste. Now what?

Recycling used to be a money maker but now it’s costing us, and growing our landfills

With probes and clipboards, Chinese inspectors tour Bay Area recycling centers at least once a month, testing our trash to see if it meets their new high standards.

Until recently, almost all of our vast piles of plastic and paper refuse were sold and shipped overseas, promising a new life for much of what we so blithely tossed away.

Now much is rejected as wet, dirty or worthless – a reversal that has turned our once-reliable recycling world upside down, as prices plummet and the cost of cleanup soars.

Read the full story by Lisa M. Krieger online at Mercury News here.