China Sword (China’s Recyclable Ban) Info. & Resources

Norway Has a Radical Approach To Plastics Pollution, And It’s Working

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.


How These Scrap Yards Found themselves on the front lines of the US-China Trade War

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.


China to enact tariffs on OCC & other recycled paper

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.


From Green Fence to red alert: A China timeline


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.


China’s “National Sword”  What is it and how it will impact YOU?

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.


America Doesn’t know where to send its recyclables anymore

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.


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Helpful Information:

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 .

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