Category Archives: Recycling

Responses to China’s Contamination Standards

The industry has been anxious about China’s decisions ever since they announced their rejection of solid waste last year along with new contamination standards. China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) finalized their contamination standard last month at an unmoved 0.5 percent. The National Waste and Recycling Association (NWRA), the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI),…
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California Feeling Unsteady with China’s Role in Recycling

With China’s decision to halt recyclable imports, California is starting to feel the sting in recycling. There are various changes that need to be made, including funding decisions. The impact of China’s decisions is creating restrictions on California in regard to export tonnages. Resource Recycling reports, “In 2016, California’s exports of recyclables amounted to 15…
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Decline of Scrap Importer Permits

Last week, Berg Mill reported on the expansion of the alternative plastic markets and recovered fiber imports experiencing a market shift. Import permits have also been impacted as China has been cracking down on what recyclable waste enters their country.   A Decrease for Scrap Importers Last month, China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection approved permits…
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Scrap Plastic And Paper Rejected By China Find New Markets

China recently announced their finalized contamination threshold for scrap plastic and paper imports – 0.5 percent. Though the new waste policy will not go into full effect until March 1st of this year, major shifts in the global scrap trade have already been observed. Countries across the globe, particularly in Southeast Asia, have experienced major…
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