Junk-related businesses in California, including those that handle junk hauling Orange County, have been working to find someone who can handle the trash following China’s change in policy; refusing to take most recycling from foreign countries. Stricter standards may mean more responsibility for residents.

At the San Francisco Recology Recycling Plant, they are now asking that any refuse come in bales clean enough to be sold. According to a spokesperson, Robert Reed, the company spent at least $30 million getting new equipment in order to separate plastics from paper. He says that they’re trying to make cleaner, higher quality bales, as they’re always demand in the market for recycling bales of notable quality.

According to Reed, they’ve reduced contamination from 5% down to 1%, but consumers need to act as well. He notes that 80% of the plant’s recycling is paper or cardboard, both of which are in high demand, but the shipments have to be dry, and it only take a single can of liquid to ruin the load. As such, he asks consumers to empty their cans and their bottles, and to make sure no food gets into the bin by shaking out any food containers.

The company also provides small containers for food scraps that can be made into compost, which also, helpfully stops the contamination of any material that can be recycled.

Reed explains that, when the material in recycling bins is in good condition; clean and dry, then the people who handle recycling have a better chance at recycling these materials.

Unfortunately, the thin, plastic packaging that most junk comes in don’t have any market value, and, on top of that, bagging materials lead to stuff just getting sent to the landfill, which is why, Reed explains, stuff need to be sent loose, not bagged.

Reed says that the company has done what they can to make the recycling process as convenient as possible, and that the company is also proud of how the city, the state, and other businesses, like those that handle junk hauling Orange County, have embraced recycling.

He notes, however, that the real trick to change is to inspire people, particularly the youth, who are more open to changing their habits, to change how they view and handle trash.