Consolidation and collapse: why your recycling bill is about to get bigger

China has banned 24 materials, and increased their standards for contamination in recycled products. The result? A collapse in the commodities market. Now, the price of recycled materials has plunged, because the supply is too large. So, how can we as consumers keep recycling feasible, when 41% of what we recycle has a negative value? It starts with ending the notion of “wishful recycling.”