Category Archives: Recycling News

China details scrap metal import restrictions for July

China has announced plans to restrict imports of eight different scrap categories – including aluminum, steel and copper – starting July 1. These materials previously were on the “unrestricted” materials list, but will be subject to restrictions and government approval under the new regulations, according to the Bureau of International Recycling. The Ministry of Ecology and Environment indicated that other departments…

Sweeping single-use plastic ban proposed in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque City Council members have proposed legislation to ban a number of single-use plastics at retail establishments by January 1, 2020. If passed, the “Albuquerque Clean & Green Retail Ordinance” would prohibit the distribution of non-recyclable plastic bags, polystyrene containers and straws. Plastic straws would only be available by request to accommodate customers with disabilities, and paper bags…

China gets tough on US recyclables. How one Maine town is fighting back.

Beijing’s 2018 crackdown on recyclables was widely decried as a disaster for global recycling. Facing rising recycling costs, cities like Sanford, Maine, have found innovative ways to respond. Residents stormed into the office … They demanded to know why the city’s recycling service was suddenly refusing to pick up things they’d always collected – like plastic…

The future of plastics

UPEI engineering students get hands-on lesson in sustainability! First year students at UPEI’s School of Sustainable Design Engineering are getting a hands-on lesson in plastics and sustainability. It’s part of a new first year course called Sustainability in Engineering Design. “The idea is they’re to see how much we consume or don’t even think about…

China’s new role in the global recycling economy

A keynote session during last week’s Paper & Plastics Recycling Conference examined what effects China’s regulations are having and what comes next for new market developments. Although China’s National Sword regulations might have caught some foreign recyclers off guard, economic and social indicators show the momentum had been building for years, said Andrew Coflan, an…

Plastic waste piling up in Japan after Chinese import ban

Plastic waste is piling up in Japan with many local governments struggling to cope after China banned the import of such waste late last year, Environment Ministry data showed Thursday. According to about a quarter of 102 local governments that responded to a ministry survey, the amount of plastic waste stored at local scrap companies…

Fashion Bosses To Be Questioned Over Industry Sustainability

Fashion bosses will be asked to reveal the steps they are taking to improve the sustainability of their operations and reduce the environmental impact of the clothes that they sell, as part of an inquiry into the sustainability of the fashion industry by Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee (EAC). Clothing manufacturing produces carbon emissions, contributing to…

Thailand to Permanently Ban Plastic Imports by 2021!

Thailand will now officially ban all scrap plastic imports by 2021, according to the Financial Times. The country has said it needs this transition period to build domestic processing infrastructure and also honor existing import licenses that run until 2021. As for e-scrap, which has been a particular concern due to environmental effects from illegal operations,…

Rethinking Recycling

The National League of Cities (NLC) released a new report “Rethinking Recycling: How Cities Can Adapt to Evolving Markets,” which analyzes how city leaders can develop resilient local waste management systems in response to China’s new regulations. The report marks the beginning of a larger effort to examine sustainability in solid waste management and is the first…