Category Archives: Market Conditions

China Eases Contamination Thresholds…Slightly

  Though Chinese import restrictions have targeted all materials, scrap paper received a disproportionate blow as Jinping’s government officials planned to reduce the acceptable level of contamination for recycled paper loads to 0.3 percent, intending to fully implement the changes by the end of 2018. For reference, the current standards demand scrap paper imports have…
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Low-Grade Plastic Scrap: Seeking Alternatives After China Cuts Imports

Without China, the US and other countries, including Australia, that heavily rely on exporting recyclables, specifically low-grade plastic scrap, to manage an ever-growing waste stream will have to turn to alternative markets, such as Southeast Asia, India, Latin America, and the Middle East.   However, these markets will never fully replace China’s level of consumption:…
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Recycling Industry Experiences Decline In On-The-Job Injuries, Though More Work Needed

According to the recently-released United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) 2016 Workplace Injury and Illness Data report, while overall injury rates for the waste management and remediation sectors are on the decline, material recovery facility (MRF) and landfill workers experienced a higher incidence of on-the-job injuries and work-related illnesses than in 2015.   In…
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Without China, US Companies Stress Quality For Industry Survival

China’s import bans have led to market turmoil both domestically and abroad; though, China shows no signs of backing down, as the government is focused on long-term environmental gains rather than easing short-term economic upheaval. Chinese officials are equally adamant on cutting dependency on foreign commodities.   As the government implements import bans and fails…
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