The Associated Press

SALEM — Marion County has joined other Oregon communities in scaling back its curbside recycling program.

Residents are being asked to throw shredded paper, egg cartons and most plastic containers in the trash instead of the blue bins.

Brian May, who manages the county’s Environmental Services Division, said residents are serious recyclers, and the change is going to be a “huge change to our nature.”

The move is in response to China’s refusal to take most recyclable materials from the West. China stopped allowing many materials to be imported for recycling Jan. 1. Officials said countries were sending trash that was contaminated with too many nonrecyclable materials.