The returned containers held a total of 3.2 million pounds of material. | porjai kittawornrat/Shutterstock
More Southeast Asian nations are sending contaminated recyclables back to their originating country, as governments in the region continue to grapple with higher scrap plastic and paper import volumes.
The Pacific Northwest has been hit hard by market downturns, driving lawmakers in Washington state to order an examination of how the state can fortify regional end markets and processing capacity. That research is now public.