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Another door closes on mixed paper

November 5, 2020 By Megan Smalley

Vietnam plans to ban mixed paper imports by 2022. Earlier this fall, Vietnam quietly announced plans to ban mixed paper imports by Dec. 31, 2021. The country’s prime minister had issued a statement Sept. 24 that details new import guidelines for recovered materials. The statement identifies mixed paper by its harmonized commodity code and explains that the material will only be allowed for import until the end of 2021, according to an English translation of the statement.
  
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Update: New Jersey passes paper bag ban

September 29, 2020 By Megan Smalley

New Jersey lawmakers have passed a bill that would limit the use of single-use plastic bags, paper bags, plastic straws and polystyrene food containers. New Jersey Senate Assembly Bill 1978 is sponsored by New Jersey Reps. Nancy Pinkin, James Kennedy and John McKeon. The lawmakers first introduced the legislation Jan. 14, and it was approved Sept. 24.
  
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Turkey to reduce paper, plastics scrap imports

September 10, 2020 By Megan Smalley

The Turkish Ministry of Environment and Urban Planning has announced that it is limiting the country’s paper and plastic scrap imports to a maximum of 50 percent of the production capacity of consuming facilities, requiring them to fulfill the rest of their infeed from domestic collections, according to a report from Brussels-based Bureau of International Recycling (BIR). BIR says it received this information from TÜDAM, a Turkish-based recycling association that is a member federation of the BIR.
  
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India’s recycling market hits the reset button

July 27, 2020 By Brian Taylor

A nationwide lockdown caused disruptions felt beyond India’s borders, but the nation’s basic materials sector is slowly ramping back up. The paper mills and metals production plants of India have become increasingly important consumers of secondary commodities from around the world throughout this decade.
  
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China opens spigot for copper and paper scrap

July 14, 2020 By Megan Smalley

The Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) of the People’s Republic of China has released its ninth list of scrap import quotas for 2020. The Brussels-based Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) says the ninth batch was issued by the MEE’s Solid Waste & Chemicals Management Centre on July 6.
  
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Pizza box contamination doesn’t impede recyclability, association says

July 14, 2020 By Megan Smalley

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA), Washington, has released industry guidance that aims to clear up consumer confusion regarding the recyclability of pizza boxes. The guidance resulted from a study conducted by WestRock, a corrugated packaging company based in Atlanta.

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OCC price falls for second straight month

July 14, 2020 By RecyclingMarkets.net Staff

The price of recovered corrugated fiber has taken another significant dive this month, but mixed paper is holding relatively steady. The national average for corrugated containers (PS 11) took a big drop, from $75 per ton last month to the current national average of $55 per ton. The OCC grade was trading at around $27 one year ago.

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Demand remains strong for recovered paper in April

April 27, 2020 By Megan Smalley

Recovered paper prices aren’t showing any signs of decline in late April. According to statements shared in an "RCP Special Report Story" from Fastmarkets RISI's Pulp & Paper Week April 23, paper mills continued to place orders in late April, yet some recyclers and recovered fiber brokers did not have enough supply available for them.

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China issues additional scrap import quotas

April 12, 2020 By DeAnne Toto

The country’s fifth batch of quotas for copper, aluminum, ferrous and recovered fiber is issued.

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Shipping, ports a concern for recyclers

April 10, 2020 By Megan Smalley

Industry associations connect with various governments to ensure recyclables still move.

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Price skyrockets for one key curbside recyclable

Feb 11, 2020 By RecyclingMarkets.net Staff

The value of OCC increased by 62% over the past month, reaching its highest level in 20 months. Meanwhile, curbside metal prices have taken a dive.

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Price of recycled paper grade jumps nearly 30%

April 14, 2020 By RecyclingMarkets.net Staff

Recycling facilities are encountering both good and bad news on the fiber-market front: OCC prices have increased substantially, but mixed paper slipped further into the negatives.

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ISRI: Recyclers included among DHS essential industries

March 25, 2020 By DeAnne Toto

New wording in DHS guidance recognizes recyclers as an essential supplier to manufacturers, ISRI says. The association also has made COVID-19-related resources available to its members.

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NWRA Guidance Letter

March 29, 2020 By James T. Riley, Esq.

We are all in unchartered territory as it relates to a global pandemic. Rest assured, NWRA is here to help guide the industry through this and clarify what sometimes can be convoluted regulatory language written in “bureaucrat-ese.”

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Virus leads to program changes across North America

March 25, 2020 By Colin Staub

Recycling programs nationwide have curtailed service due to the coronavirus pandemic, potentially hampering the supply of recyclables moving to market in the weeks to come.

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COVID-19 could have
a 'bullwhip' effect

March 2, 2020 By DeAnne Toto

As of March 1, more than 87,000 cases of the new coronavirus, COVID-19, have been confirmed globally, according to the World Health Organization with at least 2,977 deaths resulting from the disease, the vast majority of which have taken place in China.

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OCC price falls for second straight month

July 14, 2020 By RecyclingMarkets.net Staff

The price of recovered corrugated fiber has taken another significant dive this month, but mixed paper is holding relatively steady. The national average for corrugated containers (PS 11) took a big drop, from $75 per ton last month to the current national average of $55 per ton. The OCC grade was trading at around $27 one year ago.

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OCC price falls for second straight month

July 14, 2020 By RecyclingMarkets.net Staff

The price of recovered corrugated fiber has taken another significant dive this month, but mixed paper is holding relatively steady. The national average for corrugated containers (PS 11) took a big drop, from $75 per ton last month to the current national average of $55 per ton. The OCC grade was trading at around $27 one year ago.

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Demand remains strong for recovered paper in April

April 27, 2020 By Megan Smalley

Recovered paper prices aren’t showing any signs of decline in late April. According to statements shared in an "RCP Special Report Story" from Fastmarkets RISI's Pulp & Paper Week April 23, paper mills continued to place orders in late April, yet some recyclers and recovered fiber brokers did not have enough supply available for them.

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China issues additional scrap import quotas

April 12, 2020 By DeAnne Toto

The country’s fifth batch of quotas for copper, aluminum, ferrous and recovered fiber is issued.

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Shipping, ports a concern for recyclers

April 10, 2020 By Megan Smalley

Industry associations connect with various governments to ensure recyclables still move.

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Price skyrockets for one key curbside recyclable

Feb 11, 2020 By RecyclingMarkets.net Staff

The value of OCC increased by 62% over the past month, reaching its highest level in 20 months. Meanwhile, curbside metal prices have taken a dive.

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Price of recycled paper grade jumps nearly 30%

April 14, 2020 By RecyclingMarkets.net Staff

Recycling facilities are encountering both good and bad news on the fiber-market front: OCC prices have increased substantially, but mixed paper slipped further into the negatives.

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ISRI: Recyclers included among DHS essential industries

March 25, 2020 By DeAnne Toto

New wording in DHS guidance recognizes recyclers as an essential supplier to manufacturers, ISRI says. The association also has made COVID-19-related resources available to its members.

[ read more]

NWRA Guidance Letter

March 29, 2020 By James T. Riley, Esq.

We are all in unchartered territory as it relates to a global pandemic. Rest assured, NWRA is here to help guide the industry through this and clarify what sometimes can be convoluted regulatory language written in “bureaucrat-ese.”

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Virus leads to program changes across North America

March 25, 2020 By Colin Staub

Recycling programs nationwide have curtailed service due to the coronavirus pandemic, potentially hampering the supply of recyclables moving to market in the weeks to come.

[ read more]

COVID-19 could have
a 'bullwhip' effect

March 2, 2020 By DeAnne Toto

As of March 1, more than 87,000 cases of the new coronavirus, COVID-19, have been confirmed globally, according to the World Health Organization with at least 2,977 deaths resulting from the disease, the vast majority of which have taken place in China.

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2020 could be the year of legislative boom
– or bust – for national recycling policy

January 29, 2020 By E.A. Crunden

An influx of legislation in Congress aims to tackle problems facing the recycling industry amid rising public attention. The bills range widely in their industry backers and odds of success.

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Is China about to roil
the global plastic market?

January 22, 2020 By Brian Taylor

Commodity analyst says single-use plastic ban there would have sizable ripple effects on the polymers and recycling markets.

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Chinese paper import
permits trend lower

February 11, 2020 By Colin Staub

China recently issued its third round of recovered fiber import permits for 2020, and the volume being allowed in this round is far less than what was approved previously.

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Working through the
worst of times

October 22, 2019 By Megan Smalley

2019 has been a tough year for recovered fiber markets, and recyclers have been more focused on movement than price.

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Experts talk recycled paper
realities and forecasts

September 10, 2019 By Colin Staub

MRF operators, brokers and others recently discussed why fiber is still “the elephant in the room” in municipal recycling conversations.

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Plastic food packaging was most common
beach trash in 2018

September 3, 2019 By Laura Parker

A million volunteer-strong beach clean-up effort spanned 120 countries; it also turned up an artificial Christmas tree and a typewriter.

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ISRI: China targets scrap commodities
in latest tariff announcement

August 26, 2019 By DeAnne Toto

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), Washington, has issued an alert notifying its members that the Chinese government intends to add tariffs on $75 billion in goods from the U.S. beginning Dec. 15.

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This is what it's like to swim
through the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

August 22, 2019 By Mary Anne Potts

Roughly a thousand miles southwest of San Francisco, Ben Lecomte, a 52-year-old French long-distance swimmer, is exploring one of the ocean’s most polluted places.

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Scrap plastic exports plummet
43% this year, paper stable

August 6, 2019 By Colin Staub

Federal trade statistics released last week show U.S. export volumes for the first six months of 2019. Recycled plastics have seen a major drop when compared with figures from a year ago.

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Coca-Cola, PepsiCo break ties with plastic lobbying group
amid mounting scrutiny over pollution

July 23, 2019 By Emma Newburger

Facing public pressure over contributions to plastic pollution, drink makers Coca-Cola and PepsiCo are cutting ties this year with a trade association representing the plastics industry.

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Not much light
at end of mixed-paper tunnel

June 25, 2019 By Jared Paben

North America’s residential mixed-paper prices are deep in the negative numbers in some areas. That pain will likely persist for some time, one analyst predicts.

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MillerCoors unveils new,
eco-friendly six-pack beer rings

June 25, 2019 By Caroline Reinwald

MillerCoors is taking another step towards a plastic-free world with their newest product, a fiber, eco-friendly six-pack beer ring.

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Indonesia to use ISRI specs
for recovered paper imports

June 17, 2019 By Megan Smalley

The Indonesian government has announced that it plans to use Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) specifications for recovered paper imports, according to a news release from ISRI, Washington.

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Maine First U.S. State
to Ban Styrofoam Containers

May 1, 2019 By Olivia Rosane

Maine became the first state to officially ban single-use Styrofoam cups and containers on Tuesday.

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Recovered fiber values
continue to drop

June 11, 2019 By RecyclingMarkets.net Staff

The price for OCC declined by nearly 13% over the past month. Other fiber grades also fell. The national average for corrugated containers (PS 11) fell again, from an average $32 per ton in May to the current $28-per-ton range.

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With OCC plummeting,
MRFs face tough decisions

June 11, 2019 By Colin Staub

Recycling operators across the country two years ago were enjoying record high values for old corrugated containers. Now, they are either storing the material, unloading it at little profit or sending loads to disposal.

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Canada Agrees to Take Back Trash
Sent to Philippines Years Ago

May 23, 2019 By Jason Gutierrez

The Canadian government said on Wednesday that it would take back tons of garbage sent to the Philippines several years ago, after President Rodrigo Duterte ordered that it be returned immediately.

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Recycling Isn’t About the Planet.
It’s About Profit.

April 05, 2019 By Henry Grabar

When you drop a bottle in a blue bin, you’re joining the unruly transglobal trash trade.

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Recycling in the US will survive —
despite the media narrative

March 26, 2019 By Neil Seldman & Peter Anderson

The Atlantic and The New York Times recently carried near identical stories about what they portrayed as the "end of recycling" due to China's ban on scrap imports from the U.S.

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Man Bites Dog:
The Press and Recycling

March 26, 2019 By Chaz Miller

Many recyclers are upset and disheartened over the onslaught of negative recycling coverage in the press. So, what do you do when the press calls? Help them.

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Hundreds of US cities are killing
or scaling back their recycling programs

March 18, 2019 By Chavie Lieber

China stopped importing trash from other countries. Now, many cities in the US are facing a recycling crisis.

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This young whale died with
88 pounds of plastic in its stomach

March 18, 2019 By Alejandra Borunda

Researchers pulled nearly 90 pounds of plastic waste out of the stomach of a young cuvier beaked whale that died in the Davao Gulf of the Philippines.

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Nine Dragons signs MOU for mill in India

March 4, 2019 By Brian Taylor

Hong Kong-based Nine Dragons Paper Ltd. has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Indian state of Maharashtra to invest some $630 million to establish a paper- and board-making presence in the state.

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OCC movement slows
alongside Chinese economy

February 19, 2019 By Colin Staub

China has decreased purchases of old corrugated containers, which has caused domestic and export prices for the key fiber grade to fall.

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The Era Of Easy Recycling
May Be Coming To An End

January 10, 2019 By Maggie Koerth-Baker

For those of us who spent most of our lives painstakingly separating plastic, glass, paper and metal, single-stream recycling is easy to love.

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China trade roundup:
More materials barred at year’s end

November 27, 2018 By Colin Staub

Even as exporters move off of China as a destination for certain recyclables, the country remains a crucial market. And several recent Chinese developments carry industry-wide implications.

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Greasy pizza boxes (and 9 other things)
you shouldn't recycle that are costing your town

October 23, 2018 By Steve Strunsky and Patti Sapone

You remember that greasy pizza box you almost threw out, but recycled instead? The cheese was stuck to the lid again, too, but the delivery kid kept the change and drove away so fast you didn't have time to complain? Remember?

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These 13 towns are saying no to plastic
bags as Murphy weighs statewide tax

August 21, 2018 By Michael Sol Warren

After a rapid push through Trenton at the end of the last legislative session, a bill to place fees on single-use shopping bags is sitting on Gov. Phil Murphy's desk. But some Garden State towns aren't waiting for the governor to take action.

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Boyan Slat's Ocean Cleaning
Device Sets Sail This Summer

May 11, 2018 By D.G. Sciortino

Boyan Slat was 16-years-old when he saw more plastic than fish while driving through waters in Greece. So, he decided to dedicate his high school project to learn more about ocean pollution and how he could solve this problem.

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The American recycling system is
on the verge of breaking down

May 14, 2018 By Jeremy Berke

You're soon going to have to pay a lot more to recycle, and the reason is simple supply-and-demand economics, with a healthy dash of international trade policy.

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China freezes out US scrap shipments for 30 days

May 4, 2018 By Brian Taylor

Nation’s shuttering of CCIC offices effectively seals market for May 2018.

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King County Task Force to Explore Solutions to
‘Recycling Crisis’

May 3, 2018 By Aaron Kunkler

With tighter regulations affecting the flow of recyclables in the U.S., officials look for new avenues for the region’s paper waste.

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China No Longer Wants Your Trash. Here's Why That's Potentially Disastrous.

January 24, 2018 by Dominique Mosbergen

The country has been the “world’s wastebasket” for decades. But starting Jan. 1, China has said “no more.”
On Jan. 1, China made good on its promise to close its borders to several types of imported waste. By the next day, panic had already taken hold in countries across Europe and North America as trash began piling up by the ton, with no one having a clue where to now dispose of it all.

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Interactive map: Which towns do the best job recycling your trash

December 15, 2017

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Recycling Partnership's advice on National Sword: Keep calm and clean up your act

 

October 20, 2017 by Cole Rosengren
The Recycling Partnership's webinar about the growing effect of China's National Sword scrap import policies put a strong emphasis on the need for companies and municipalities to stay the course with their recycling efforts. The nonprofit urged against dropping any material from recycling programs or "freaking out" residents. Instead, ongoing communication with industry partners and the public was said to be key.

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Surprise OCC price drop seen as latest sign China is serious about new trade policy

October 3, 2017 by Cole Rosengren
Old corrugated cardboard (OCC), seen as one of the last reliably profitable commodities by service providers in many markets, may have become the latest casualty of China's new scrap policies..

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BIR: Signs of China intensifying its scrap import controls

July 04, 20 17 by Martijn Reintjes

China:

The Chinese ministry of environmental protection has set up 60 inspection teams that will work throughout July to inspect and review all Chinese companies importing waste and scrap into the country, according to an email alert sent by the BIR world recycling organisation to its members.

According to our sources in China, there has been a temporary stop on certain scrap import approvals since 1st June 2017,' says BIR. 'This does not affect shipments authorised before 1st June but affects scrap on the restricted import catalogue, such as: waste, parings and scrap of plastics; other waste paper or paperboard, including unsorted waste and scrap; mixed waste metals; waste electric motors; waste wires.

BIR is 'closely monitoring' the situation and will keep its members informed of any further developments, it says. 'No formal import ban has been announced yet,' it is stressed. However, BIR has asked its members to report 'any import disruptions in China.

Source: Recycling National

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