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Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionI used to envy my friend in Portland, Ore. She could recycle so much more than my community allowed in any of the places where we lived. Now, recycling options are dwindling even there. The reason, according to www.waste360.com, is that China has adopted new standards in the materials they will accept from the rest of the world. The U.S. exports about one-third of its recycling, and nearly half of that goes to China. Now, because the materials are being looked at as too dirty or even hazardous, they have made the decision not to accept it for their own environmental and health reasons.When you are shopping for the holidays, try to make your vision: “reduce, reuse and recycle.” Or buy second-hand. Think about the items you are buying. Consider if they are necessary and take a good look at the packaging. If you have a choice, buy the ones with the least packaging or those in recycled packages. Bring reusable bags to the store with you. You can take them to the hardware store, bookstore or big box store, as well as grocery stores. Think about giving reusable bags as gifts this year. You can never have too many. And wrap in something fun like newspaper or fabric.Maybe Oregon is the “canary in the coal mine,” and the rest of our nation of recyclers could be next. This will affect local landfills. So if that is your concern, please shop wisely because our land and environment are too important to become garbage dumps.Florence CarnahanSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%Motorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashSchenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashSchenectady police reform sessions pivot to online read more
Raiola represents De Ligt (Picture: Getty)But in talks with his agent, Raiola, De Ligt has made it clear he only wants to join Barcelona, according to Mundo Deportivo.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTRaiola, whose impressive client list includes Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba, is renowned across the footballing world as one the most expensive agents to deal with.But De Ligt, 19, has told his agent he has no interest in a big-money move and is not motivated by financial gain. Arsenal target Matthijs de Ligt orders Mino Raiola to seal Barcelona transfer Comment (Picture: Getty)The news will come as a blow to De Ligt’s other suitors, with Unai Emery reportedly a massive fan of the centre-back.Emery will not have a massive transfer kitty to play with in the summer, but thought De Ligt could be the answer to his side’s defensive woes, despite Ajax setting a £70million asking price.Arsenal will have up to £100m to spend on signings if Emery delivers Champions League football and raises some funds through player outgoings.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Metro Sport ReporterThursday 21 Mar 2019 4:08 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link695Shares De Ligt wants to join De Jong at Barcelona (Picture: Getty)The chances of De Ligt making the switch to Arsenal took a hit last week after Marc Overmars snubbed interest from the Gunners to sign a new deal with Ajax.Arsenal had hoped Overmars would accept the position of technical director at the club, but the Gunners were knocked back.Overmars has worked with De Ligt at Ajax as club director and would have been in a unique position to negotiate with his former side had he joined Arsenal.It seems though De Ligt is determined to follow current Ajax team-mate Frenkie De Jong to Barcelona after the Spanish giants confirmed the midfielder would join them at the end of the season.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Arsenal are tracking De Ligt (Picture: Getty)Matthijs de Ligt only wants to move to Barcelona and has reportedly told his agent Mino Raiola to forget about any other possible destinations.Several of Europe’s top clubs are chasing the Ajax star, with Arsenal and Manchester City tipped to make a move for De Ligt.Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain have also been credited with a transfer interest, as De Ligt has established himself as one of the world’s brightest talents in the last 12 months. Advertisement Advertisement read more