York County continues to sort, package own recycables

York County recycling program

YORK COUNTY, S.C. — York County officials want to show its residents where their recyclables end up, so they invited reporters Thursday to look at the facility.

"It's no secret that York County's a growing county, and we need to stay progressive in that,” said Eric Rekitt, Public Works.

The county’s new $8 million Materials Recovery Center has been running for about a year. In 2019, 10,000 tons of plastic, glass and paper were kept out of, landfills saving about $1 million

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Many counties nationwide have stopped taking recyclables because China is no longer a major buyer of recycling in the U.S. As a result, some counties can no longer find a market for recycled material.

Since York County has its own facility that can properly sort and package recyclable material, most of it is shipped to local buyers in the Carolinas and Georgia.

Local county ending most recycling

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