A Crisis Years in the Making

By Duncan Watson, Assistant Public Works Director, City of Keene, NH, President, Board of Trustees, Northeast Resource Recovery Association & Member SWEEP Steering Committee Trade journals and even the mainstream media is awash with articles about the impact of China’s National Sword policy, which took the 2013 Green Fence policy–the proverbial shot across the bow–and […]

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Look on the bright side: Chinese recycling import ban is very good news for our oceans

By Adam Gendell, Associate Director Sustainable Packaging Coalition, GreenBlue & SWEEP Steering Committee Member “China Fallout Continues” reads a newsletter subject line that just popped in my inbox – yet another headline addressing China’s import ban on foreign waste that has dominated recent news in the waste and recycling industry circles. It’s safe to say that everyone […]

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China’s Import Ban is a “Sputnik” Moment for Global Recycling

By Rob Watson, Chief Science Officer, EcoHub LLC; Founder & Co-Chair SWEEP Steering Committee China’s announcement on Tuesday July 18th that it was banning the import of mixed paper and plastic, effective January 1, 2018, fundamentally changes the structure and dynamic of the global recovered paper and plastic scrap commodities market. In a press statement […]

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