Category Archives: Market Conditions

China’s material bans affect some materials more than others

China makes rumors official, notifies WTO of solid waste imports ban In the latter half of July, China notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) of their proposed solid waste imports ban, citing environmental and human health and safety concerns as the primary reasons for the material embargo. According to the WTO filing, the prohibition will…
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China Bans 24 Types of Recovered Commodities

The Chinese State Council has recently begun circulating their plans to ban 24 types of solid waste materials, including unsorted recovered paper (RCP), by the end of 2017. The Chinese government’s plan also outlines improvements to the country’s solid waste import management system.  This ban is the next step in a lengthy cleanup effort that…
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National Sword the precursor to outright material bans?

Actions recently taken by National Sword-wielding Chinese agencies are beginning to resemble the FBI’s efforts to combat drug smuggling in the eighties. In the blown-out style of Netflix Narcos, 172 enforcement officers raided 16 warehouses around Guangdong, capturing five smugglers- claimed by officials as members of an “organized illegal gang”- as well as $146 million…
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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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