Monthly Archives: February 2018

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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