SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Millennium Recycling announced a big change on Wednesday.
The company is no longer taking plastic bags for recycling. The change is a result of market conditions to China’s National Sword program. In 2018, China banned certain types of waste and set more strict standards for contamination limits on recyclable materials.
“We regularly monitor industry markets and work to be as cost effective and environmentally responsible as possible in regards to what we can accept,” Millennium Recycling President Shannon Dwire said in a news release. “We are working closely with the local waste haulers and surrounding communities we serve to implement this change.”
According to Millennium Recycling, the plastic bag takes a lot of labor to process. Millennium Recycling is asking people to bring their own bags to grocery stores or use paper bags instead of plastic.