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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


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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