Why are there so many changes for recycling?

 In 2018,the Chinese government announced that they would no longer be accepting imports of over 24 types of materials including mixed paper and several types of plastic. The recycling market plunged into distress. Due to the market changes, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection in collaboration with waste haulers and processors across the state generated universal recycling standards to help these organizations meet the standards. For more information and market updates, visit Massachusetts Recycling Market.

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1. How does the alternating recycling program work?
2. Why aren’t plastic bags recyclable if they have the recycle symbol on them?
3. Can I bag my recyclables in plastic bags?
4. Can I recycle shredded paper?
5. Can I use paper bags or boxes to hold my mixed paper and cardboard on yellow weeks?
6. Why are there so many changes for recycling?
7. Should I put the lid back on my recyclables?
8. How can I stay informed about this program as far as waste events and trash delays?
9. How do I know what is recyclable and what goes in the trash?
10. Is there general Solid Waste & Recycling information for new residents?
11. Where can I find the most recent Trash & Recycling Calendar?
12. I lost my Waste Management Service Mailer is it available on the web?