Not right now. The city's Solid Waste Department sells all of Denton's recyclable material to Pratt Industries, which operates a materials recovery facility at the Denton landfill.

In a report to the City Council, Ethan Cox, the city's general manager for solid waste and recycling, said none of the materials Pratt buys from Denton is sold overseas. Instead, most of the material is shipped to Pratt processing mills and the recovered material is sold in the U.S.

Cox cautioned although Denton is not directly impacted by China's exit from the foreign marketplace, the situation is worth monitoring for a possible ripple effect of diminishing demand.

For the past five years, the city's income from selling recyclable materials has ranged from $236,000 to $311,000, Cox said.

But because that income represents a relatively small percentage of overall revenue for the Solid Waste Department, Cox also said the staff didn't "anticipate a substantial financial impact in the immediate future."

- Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe

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