Category Archives: Market Conditions

What ‘Made in China 2025’ Means for Trade

China is trying to achieve new goals and broaden their manufacturing skill set from inexpensive, labor-intensive tasks to developing more sophisticated products in the technology industry with their new plan, ‘Made in China 2025.’ This week, we cover how China’s advancements are contributing to the trade war and how the U.S. is responding to the…
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Is Recycling’s Future Headed Toward the Trash?

For companies that recycle scrap paper, plastic, and metal commodities, China’s trade barriers continue to pose some obstacles for their recycling efforts. In this week’s blog, we take a closer look at how the trade barriers continue to impact the industry as well as what it could mean for recycling’s future. We also call attention…
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China’s Restrictions Cause Seattle to Dump in Landfills

The industry’s loss of its biggest market is causing Seattle’s recycling processor to send hundreds of tons of mixed paper to landfills. Seattle landfills are getting crowded with big bundles of mixed paper packed in every corner. China was the biggest and most prominent market for the mixed paper commodity, but now China’s restrictions have…
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Steel and Aluminum Tariff Impacts to Affect Recycling Industry

  This month, new tariffs have been imposed to impact the steel and aluminum industries. The president is seeking a long-term goal to strengthen domestic industries, but industry groups expressed their concerns for the affects this could have on the recycling industry. Though some countries were offered relief, there is still a lingering uncertainty.  …
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