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China recently announced their finalized contamination threshold for scrap plastic and paper imports – 0.5 percent. Though the new waste policy will not go into full effect until March 1st of this year, major shifts in the global scrap trade have already…
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  Earlier this month, China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) set the contamination threshold for most waste imports at 0.5 percent, a limit tantamount to an outright ban that jeopardizes the entire $5.2 billion recycling trade between the US…
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As the Chinese Lunar New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, celebrating the year of the dog approaches, paper and board mills across China are set to temporarily close or curtail paper production. The New Year falls on February 16th this year, while…
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  Once thought to be the world’s most pristine ocean, mussels in Arctic waters were shown to have the highest rates of plastic pollution among all areas tested by the Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA). Researchers discovered Norway’s mollusks…
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  Though China has filed two statements with the World Trade Organization (WTO) regarding intended bans and contamination restrictions, their agenda remains murky, leaving many recycling industry insiders to question the country’s preparedness to…
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  With the New Year just around the corner, businesses across all sectors, including the recycling industry, should be aware of the changes in California’s labor laws slated for 2018. Here are the new employment laws California companies can expect in…
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  On the whole, the proposed tax reforms are a win for the scrap industry.   Though the recent proposals for tax reform have met with controversy and harsh criticism, corporations and pass-through businesses stand to gain quite a bit from the changes. In…
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What is the Amazon effect?   E-commerce’s ongoing disruption of the traditional brick-and-mortar retail market is known as the Amazon effect. As online shopping becomes the norm, many physical stores have closed their doors, unable to compete with the…
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  Though Chinese import restrictions have targeted all materials, scrap paper received a disproportionate blow as Jinping’s government officials planned to reduce the acceptable level of contamination for recycled paper loads to 0.3 percent, intending to…
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Without China, the US and other countries, including Australia, that heavily rely on exporting recyclables, specifically low-grade plastic scrap, to manage an ever-growing waste stream will have to turn to alternative markets, such as Southeast Asia,…
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