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

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.


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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