Category Archives: Market Conditions

Bans on Foam Disposal: Does it Help or Hurt Businesses?

Vancouver metropolitan area authorities are considering adding expanded polystyrene (EPS), a popular lightweight packing material, to a list of materials banned from disposal. According to an article on Plastics Recycling Update, this list includes the following materials: corrugated containers; yard debris and food scraps; containers made of glass, PET, HDPE, LDPE, or PP; all beverage…
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National Sword Continues to Disrupt US Exports to China

China’s 2017 crackdown on scrap imports, known as the National Sword, threatens US exports and recovery rates and may have broader economic consequences. Patty Moore, recycling expert and president of Sustainable Materials Management of California, has voiced concerns over falling US scrap exports, saying material recovery rates may suffer as the availability of downstream users…
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California’s Bottle Bill Fails to Support Recycling Operators

Advocating for the fight against climate change is noble and necessary, but big picture issues change with individual actions. Rather than taking on the global issue of climate change, LA Times writer Jerry Skelton believes Governor Brown ought to focus on local issues and overhaul California’s beverage container recycling program. The right fix for the…
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Market Continues to be Affected by National Sword Effort

Every container entering China is now being inspected by the Chinese customs authorities using x-ray machines. These inspections are causing longer shipping times. Ports without an x-ray machine are advised to open each container for examination. Ports without the proper resources for these inspections are being closed.  In order to validate their weight, containers will…
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