China’s announcement on Tuesday July 18th that it was banning the import of mixed paper and plastic, effective January 1, 2018, fundamentally changes the structure and dynamic of the global recovered paper and plastic scrap commodities market. In a press statement issued that same day, Robin Wiener, President of ISRI, the largest recycling trade group in the U.S., stated, “A ban on imports of scrap commodities into China would be catastrophic to the recycling industry.”

Source: China Import Ban is a “Sputnik” Moment for the US Recycling Industry – SWEEP

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