Export of Recyclable Materials from California

In 2017, 55 percent of the 14.6 million tons of recyclable exports that were shipped from California were sent to China.
China has accepted a significant amount of the recyclable materials shipped from California since 2000.

Note: All figures below are in millions of tons.

Year China All
Other
Countries
Total
1998 0.9 3.4 4.3
1999 1.3 3.8 5.1
2000 2.4 3.9 6.3
2001 4.1 3.2 7.3
2002 3.9 3.7 7.6
2003 5.6 4.0 9.6
2004 6.3 3.8 10.1
2005 7.8 4.2 12.0
2006 8.3 4.8 13.2
2007 9.5 6.7 16.3
2008 10.6 9.0 19.6
2009 12.3 6.4 18.7
2010 10.8 7.9 18.7
2011 13.3 9.1 22.4
2012 11.5 8.4 19.9
2013 10.9 7.8 18.7
2014 10.3 7.8 18.1
2015 10.2 6.3 16.4
2016 9.3 5.7 15.0
2017 8.1 6.5 14.6

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