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Chinese Firm Takes Recycling into the 'Smart' Era

By Rebecca Kanthor

- Published on July 9, 2015 by Plastics News

A PET bottle-collecting machine that pays users through their smart phones? An app that you can use to order pickup of recyclable items from your home?

One Beijing company is trying to bring recycling into the “smart” era — and make money at it.

In China, municipal governments do not generally engage in recycling efforts as they do in many other countries. An informal network of cargo-tricycle-riding scrap collectors who buy bottles from urban residents and then sell them to small recycling facilities has long dominated the recycling industry here.

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