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Conlin M, Fenton E, Raley L, Wang X, Ye C, and Uribe-Rheinbolt F. (2019) The Global Recycling Crisis and How Local Governments Can Respond. Dept. of City and Regional Planning, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Recyclin is in a global crisis. With the dramatic rise of single-use materials around the world, countries responded by developing recycling programs. In the 1980s, the United States began exporting most of its recyclables to China, but China dramatically cut imports in 2017. Based on research and interviews with recycling experts, we created a website which analyzes the problems in the recycling system and suggests some solutions. The website is intended for the general public and is filled with photos, data and links, including examples of successful local responses. See

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Subject: Preemption