AND THAT HAS MANY COMMUNITIES DEBATING WHETHER TO SCRAP THEIR COMMUNITIES DEBATING WHETHER TO SCRAP THEIR PROGRAMS ALL TOGETHER. WHETHER TO SCRAP THEIR PROGRAMS ALL TOGETHER. GABE GUTIERREZ HAS THE PROGRAMS ALL TOGETHER. GABE GUTIERREZ HAS THE STORY. GABE GUTIERREZ HAS THE STORY.>>Reporter: IN STORY.>>Reporter: IN CLEARWATER, FLORIDA,>>Reporter: IN CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, IT’S NOT EASY BEING CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, IT’S NOT EASY BEING GREEN. IT’S NOT EASY BEING GREEN.>>IT’S EXTREMELY GREEN.>>IT’S EXTREMELY URGENT.>>IT’S EXTREMELY URGENT.>>Reporter: EARL IS URGENT.>>Reporter: EARL IS THE DIRECTOR OF CITY>>Reporter: EARL IS THE DIRECTOR OF CITY WASTE AND SAYS SINCE THE DIRECTOR OF CITY WASTE AND SAYS SINCE CHINA IS NOT TAKING WASTE AND SAYS SINCE CHINA IS NOT TAKING AMERICA’S RECYCLABLES CHINA IS NOT TAKING AMERICA’S RECYCLABLES LAST YEAR. AMERICA’S RECYCLABLES LAST YEAR.>>IT’S DIRECTLY LAST YEAR.>>IT’S DIRECTLY AFFECTED US>>IT’S DIRECTLY AFFECTED US FINANCIALLY. AFFECTED US FINANCIALLY. OUR RECYCLING PROGRAM FINANCIALLY. OUR RECYCLING PROGRAM WAS AT A BREAK EVEN OUR RECYCLING PROGRAM WAS AT A BREAK EVEN POINT. WAS AT A BREAK EVEN POINT. RIGHT NOW WE’RE IN THE POINT. RIGHT NOW WE’RE IN THE RED. RIGHT NOW WE’RE IN THE RED.>>Reporter: THAT’S RED.>>Reporter: THAT’S BECAUSE IT’S NOW MUCH>>Reporter: THAT’S BECAUSE IT’S NOW MUCH MORE EXPENSIVE TO SEND BECAUSE IT’S NOW MUCH MORE EXPENSIVE TO SEND THE MATERIALS TO OTHER MORE EXPENSIVE TO SEND THE MATERIALS TO OTHER COUNTRIES TO LANDFILLS THE MATERIALS TO OTHER COUNTRIES TO LANDFILLS OR INSEN COUNTRIES TO LANDFILLS OR INSEN OR. OR INSEN OR. CITIES ACROSS THE OR. CITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE CITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE RE-EXAMINING WHETHER COUNTRY ARE RE-EXAMINING WHETHER THEIR RECYCLING RE-EXAMINING WHETHER THEIR RECYCLING PROGRAMS ARE GOING TO THEIR RECYCLING PROGRAMS ARE GOING TO WASTE. PROGRAMS ARE GOING TO WASTE. BUT WHILE LOCAL WASTE. BUT WHILE LOCAL GOVERNMENTS ARE BUT WHILE LOCAL GOVERNMENTS ARE STRUGGLING, THE GOVERNMENTS ARE STRUGGLING, THE NATION’S LARGEST STRUGGLING, THE NATION’S LARGEST RECYCLER WASTE NATION’S LARGEST RECYCLER WASTE MANAGEMENT SAW REVENUE RECYCLER WASTE MANAGEMENT SAW REVENUE GROW FROM $14.5 MANAGEMENT SAW REVENUE GROW FROM $14.5 BILLION IN 2017 TO GROW FROM $14.5 BILLION IN 2017 TO NEARLY $15 MILLION BILLION IN 2017 TO NEARLY $15 MILLION LAST YEAR. NEARLY $15 MILLION LAST YEAR.>>SO EVEN WITH THE LAST YEAR.>>SO EVEN WITH THE CHANGES THAT CHINA>>SO EVEN WITH THE CHANGES THAT CHINA IMPOSED, YOUR REVENUE CHANGES THAT CHINA IMPOSED, YOUR REVENUE WENT UP? IMPOSED, YOUR REVENUE WENT UP?>>THAT’S CORRECT. WENT UP?>>THAT’S CORRECT.>>Reporter: PARTLY>>THAT’S CORRECT.>>Reporter: PARTLY BECAUSE THE COMPANY>>Reporter: PARTLY BECAUSE THE COMPANY ALSO OWNS THE MOST BECAUSE THE COMPANY ALSO OWNS THE MOST LANDFILLS IN THE U.S. ALSO OWNS THE MOST LANDFILLS IN THE U.S.>>THE AVERAGE LANDFILLS IN THE U.S.>>THE AVERAGE CONTAMINATION RATE IS>>THE AVERAGE CONTAMINATION RATE IS 20, 25% NATIONWIDE. CONTAMINATION RATE IS 20, 25% NATIONWIDE. THOSE ARE MATERIALS 20, 25% NATIONWIDE. THOSE ARE MATERIALS THAT SHOULD NOT HAVE THOSE ARE MATERIALS THAT SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN IN THE RECYCLING THAT SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN IN THE RECYCLING BIN TO BEGIN WITH. BEEN IN THE RECYCLING BIN TO BEGIN WITH.>>Reporter: IS IT BIN TO BEGIN WITH.>>Reporter: IS IT BETTER FOR PEOPLE TO>>Reporter: IS IT BETTER FOR PEOPLE TO RECYCLE WRONG OR NOT BETTER FOR PEOPLE TO RECYCLE WRONG OR NOT AT ALL? RECYCLE WRONG OR NOT AT ALL?>>NOT AT ALL BECAUSE AT ALL?>>NOT AT ALL BECAUSE IT COST US MORE MONEY>>NOT AT ALL BECAUSE IT COST US MORE MONEY WHEN THEY RECYCLE

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