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.
If you're like most AOR members, you're feeling a little anxiety about the uncertainty of our recycling markets. China is experiencing our recycling as both a source of feedstock for manufacturing and pollution.
Resource Recycling reported last month that China will be banning imports of recovered mixed paper, as well as recycled PET, PE, PVC, and PS, textiles and vanadium slag - woudl be baneed from import into the country later this year.
Cascades, a Canadian based-multinational company specializing in tissue products with a big emphasis on using recycled materials, opened a tissue conversion plant in Scappoose, adding 80 jobs in rural Columbia County earlier this month.
The markets underwent considerable upheaval in April. After months of gains on cardboard and mixed papers, the markets came to a crashing halt.