The article barely touched on the problem, which it says is now ended. China, the recipient of the waste, believes the waste is mixed with non-recyclable waste.
Essentially, we are sending our waste to China for recycling. I submit that’s because it makes no economic sense to recycle the stuff here. If it makes no sense to do it and we must rely on essentially slave labor in another country that we should end recycling.
The only thing that it ever made sense to recycle was aluminum.
I'm beginning to have doubts about aluminum. We recently took in 115 lbs. of aluminum. At $.62 per lb. our two kids made some spending money but I'm now doubting if it was worthwhile. That volume takes up a lot of storage space and it took about two years to accumulate.
That price varies, a couple of years ago when we recycled some, it was around $.45 per lb.
I have to disagree with you. I supplement my income with scrapping any steel,copper and aluminum ...old stoves/refridgerators/hot water heaters etc.... I average anywhere from 75.00 to 250.00 dollars per trip. It is economically viable to melt down existing steel than go from gathering the ore and completing the cycle. Most people seem to think it is beneath them to perform such a task (from what I see)...I look upon it as money just lying around and with a little effort its in MY pocket...cash on the barrel head with no taxes ...