Category Archives: Recycling News

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…

More big plastic promises at G7

Earlier this summer, five of the G7 member countries signed an Ocean Plastics Charter that set multiple targets around plastic recycling to mitigate marine pollution. This week, Canada has been hosting the G7 Environment Ministerial Meeting in Halifax to focus on next steps and gain more international support ahead of plans to bring the charter to the U.N….

China’s Recycling Import Ban: Uncertain Times for Solid Waste Agencies

In July 2017, China notified the World Trade Organization that effective January 2018 it would ban imports of some recycled materials, including mixed paper and most plastics. In March 2018, China went further and implemented a strict new policy limiting contamination levels to 0.5 percent, a near-impossible limit for most single-stream recycling programs. To ensure…

Tariffs And A Trade War Threaten U.S. Paper Recycling

There’s a trade war going on between China and the United States. Billions of dollars in new tariffs have been levied on aluminum and steel and also on recycled paper pulp. While not as well known, the levy on the little-known waste product could bankrupt an already taxed recycling industry. Click here to read more!…