The promise of recycling may be failing

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A recycling bin at Sonoratown restaurant in downtown LA. Photo by Amy Ta.

Over the past year, China has almost stopped accepting America’s recyclables. More than 200 recycling centers in California closed last month. Meanwhile, plastic production has gone way up. Democratic State Senator Ben Allen has a bill that would phase out nearly all single-use non-recyclable products by the year 2030. Will his bill get enacted?