2 Rivers Industries will no longer be able to accept 3-7 plastics due to China's “Green Fence”

Effective Monday, Dec. 4, 2 Rivers Industries, Inc. at 659 Clinic Rd, Hannibal, will no longer accept #3, #4, #5, #6 and #7 plastics for recycling. This is a reluctant but necessary change. China has put up a “Green Fence” that has had a major impact on recycling U.S. plastics.

Executive Director & CEO Melonie Nevels was not pleased to share news of the change.

“China is where U.S. recycling companies would send plastics. China is no longer accepting 3-7 plastics due to their pollution problem. Unfortunately, there is no present economical way to recycle these plastic types in the U.S.,” Nevels said.

Plastics is not the only recycling commodity that has been effected. Earlier this year 2 Rivers Industries had to stop accepting: clothing, belts, purses, shoes and soft toys.

2 Rivers Industries still accepts #1 and #2 plastics, which are the most commonly used and most recyclable types of plastics. Examples of these are your soda and water bottles, cooking oil bottles and medicine containers, laundry/dish detergent, milk shampoo and conditioner containers, grocery bags and various toys.

“There are ways to rise above our dependency on plastics. Use cloth bags while shopping, refuse single-serving packaging, straws and other disposable plastics, take your travel mug with you to your favorite coffee shop that will let you use them, Nevels said. “Instead of taking disposable plastic dishes to your holiday pot lucks take your dishes and utensils from home. Those are just a few suggestions of many.”

2 Rivers Industries, Inc. still accepts the following recyclables at their facility located at 659 Clinic Rd, Hannibal, MO 63401: Cardboard, Paper, #1 and #2 Plastics, Metals, Electronics (NO CRT Televisions/Monitors), Books, Magazines, and Print Toner Cartridges.

For more information on recycling and 2 Rivers Industries, Inc. visit www.2riversind.org or contact Melonie Nevels at 573-221-3211 or info@2riversind.org .