Category Archives: Market Prices

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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Plastic Bale Audits Benefit Buyers and Suppliers

Emerging data-collecting technology and analytic tools are creating operation efficiencies across the full spectrum of the recycling industry, from waste generators and curbside collection facilities to downstream buyers. Downstream purchasers have had to rely on material composition generalizations to determine bale values before sorting and processing revealed actual yields, leading to significant daily revenue losses.…
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Recycled cardboard prices reach record-breaking highs

US old corrugated container (OCC) or recycled cardboard prices have continued to climb for eight of the last nine months. June has seen the largest hike since September 2016, jumping $37/ton for export OCC. In fact, this month’s containerboard price hikes have beat out monthly increases recorded by Pulp & Paper Weekly over the last…
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Global Recyclable Market Trends Favor Suppliers

The focus on the recovered paper (RCP) or scrap paper sector began fall of last year with rising prices of old corrugated container (OCC)- familiar to most as cardboard. OCC price hikes caused a butterfly effect of rising prices across most grades of scrap paper, including old newspaper (ONP) and mixed paper. Here's a general…
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