Along with plastics and paper products, the demand for imports of old, corrugated cardboard (OCC/Containerboard) from the U.S. has continued to decrease this past year following import policy changes in China and other major buyers. Although the Chinese government has issued imports for more than 5.5 million tons of OCC this year, import permits do…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
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