The Recycle Demand Champions initiative hopes to increase demand for post-consumer resin.
A few articles about the January 11 finalization of China’s National Sword policy.
From DEQ Materials Management December Newsletter
As Waste Dive reported last month, China's Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) proposed adopting new contamination standards on Dec. 31, 2017 with an "entry into force" on March 1, 2018. The comment period for this filing ended Dec. 15, 2017.
Fall Policy Forum: China's ban and solid waste and recycling policy discussion (WSRA)
Response from the National Recycling Coalition (NRC) to its members regarding the China Trade Restrictions of Secondary Materials prepared for Recycling
On July 18, 2017, China notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) of its intent to ban the import of certain scrap materials by year end.
On September 13, 2017: draft revised "GB 16487" Environmental Protection Control Standards for Imported Solid Wastes as Raw Materials, with further restrictions on allowable prohibitives.
National Sword Impacts on Regional and National Recycling Systems AOR Fall Forum
What is China’s proposed ban and why is this happening?
OCC and Mixed Paper values fell further for October as a result of the National Sword Campaign.
The negative movement of these grades, paired with the rising processing costs related to tightening quality specifications, strongly affected the value of the commingle grades. Plastic bottle grades slipped, but did not have significant changes from month to month.