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Trash sent for recycling moves along a conveyor belt to be sorted at Waste Management's material recovery facility in Elkridge, Md. In 2018, China announced it would no longer buy most plastic waste from places like the United States. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. Recycling Industry Is Struggling to Figure Out A Future Without China

China is no longer taking the world's waste. The U.S. recycling industry is overwhelmed — it can't keep up with the plastic being churned out. This doesn't bode well for our plastic waste problem.

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Trash sent for recycling moves along a conveyor belt to be sorted at Waste Management's material recovery facility in Elkridge, Md. In 2018, China announced it would no longer buy most plastic waste from places like the United States. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. Recycling Industry Is Struggling To Figure Out A Future Without China

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A sea of fog advances on the Golden Gate Bridge during a late winter twilight in 2016. On Saturday, the operators of FogCam said the long-running webcam at San Francisco State University will sunset "forever" at the end of August. Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP hide caption

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The End Is Nigh For FogCam, Billed As The Internet's Oldest Running Webcam

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