As China pushes forward with the proposed waste and scrap material import bans, recycling industry insiders in the US speak on unfolding dilemmas, expectations, and long-term strategies with journalists as well as attendees of the recent webinar hosted by the Recycling Partnership. Here are some of the key takeaways both waste processors and generators…Read more
Strengthening the US Recycling Industry
US scrap recycling has been an integral link in the domestic and global manufacturing supply chain for more than 200 years, growing over the decades into an expansive industry worth more than $106 billion and employing nearly 150,000 workers each year. Recycling isn’t just a multi-billion-dollar industry, however; reusing scrap such as metal,…Read more
The Case Against China’s Escalating Import Bans
While the original bans laid out in China’s notification to the World Trade Organization (WTO) on July 18th puts 18 percent of US to China waste and scrap exports by volume at risk (about $532 million worth), a complete ban, as drafted by China’s State Council, would jeopardize the entire $5.2 billion trade between the…Read more
What’s in store for the global recycling economy in the wake of China’s bans?
China is the largest importer of waste. In 2016, they accepted 7.3 million metric tons worth about $3.7 billion. This volume equates to 56 percent of the world’s waste imports, including half of waste paper exports worldwide. When China notified the WTO on July 18th of their intent to place an outright ban on…Read more