Lucy Siegle, Huffington Post, August 22, 2018
While other industrialized nations grapple with dangerously problematic plastic consumption, Norway stands out, recycling up to 97 percent of its plastic bottles thanks to a nationwide bottle deposit scheme.
USA Today, Aug. 24, 2018
DETROIT – It’s hard to imagine how a trade war could turn into a scrap yard fight here.
Yet China is the largest consumer of scrap commodities. And Michigan is a major exporter, generating multimillions of dollars in business when it comes to recycling metals.
So when China slapped retaliatory tariffs on aluminum waste and scrap, recycling operations found themselves on the front lines of the trade war.
By Colin Staub, Resource Recycling, August 2018
The Chinese government plans to levy a 25 percent tariff on OCC and other recovered fiber, as well as scrap plastic, in retaliation for the latest U.S. tariff proposals.
Resource Recycling July 30, 2018: Since the summer of 2017, one international issue has been at the forefront of North American recycling conversations: China’s ban on the import of certain recovered materials.
Chinese leaders formally announced their import intentions in a notice to the World Trade Organization in July of 2017, and the ban went into force at the start of 2018. But events going all the way back to the start of the country’s Green Fence customs crackdown in 2013 in many ways foreshadowed more recent moves.
To help stakeholders get a firm grasp on the Chinese import policies that are reshaping materials recovery around the planet, we’re offering a timeline of events related to the market phenomenon. This tool will be continuously updated as Chinese restrictions evolve and as stakeholders in the U.S. and elsewhere respond.
Presented by Mike Durfor of NRRA and Bobby Cappadona of Casella at the 2018 SWANA/EBC Talkin’ Trash conference, this presentation will help everyone from Town Administrators to Budget Planners and Transfer Station Operators find out what “China Sword” is all about and how a recyclable ban in China can have very large impacts right here.
Roberto Ferdman- Vice News
In this video Vice News travels to EL Harvey Recycling in Westborough MA to interview company Vice President, BJ Harvey about the major problems that have been brought on to American recycling processors by the recent import ban in China.
Other Informative Articles:
China’s Choice Reshapes Recycling in Twin States– By Nora Doyle-Burr, Valley News Aug 2018 – Lebanon — Now that China is accepting far less recycled materials than it once did, businesses and waste processors in New England see opportunities to find new markets and make new products from the goods that formerly landed in Asia.
Piling up: Drowning in a Sea of Plastic – CBS News -Piece by piece, an environmental threat is piling up, and we’re ALL to blame. Worse yet, even those of us trying to bring an end to the problem may not be doing as much good as we think. David Pogue reports
Wishful Thinking Mucks the Works – Our own Executive Director, Mike Durfor and Board President, Duncan Watson are interviewed for this article that appeared in the Manchester Union Leader in April 2018
Your Recycling Gets Recycled, Right? Maybe, or Maybe Not – NY Times May 2018- Plastics and papers from dozens of American Cities & towns are being dumped in landfills after China stopped recycling most “foreign garbage.”
More Recycling Won’t Solve Plastic Pollution, Scientific American, July 6, 2018 – It’s a liethat wasteful consumers cause the problem and that changing our individual habits can fix it.
The Dirty Truth is Your Recycling May Actually Go To Landfills, Huffington Post, July 2018 – America is in the midst of what one official calls an “unprecedented” recycling crisis.
Ecomaine paper, plastic recycling is jeopardized by everything from old sneakers to lobster shells, Portland Press Herald, July 2018- After global disruptions in the marketplace last fall, so-called ‘wish-cycling’ has driven up municipal waste disposal fees.
Our friends at ecomaine have been offering helpful workshops in their area to help answer questions about how to lessen recycling contamination and also to provide information in the face of the new challenges that the Chinese ban on recyclable materials has brought to the waste management industry and it’s market. They’ve created this webpage with FAQ’s and a power point presentation .