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China’s Changing Import Regulations— What Does It All Mean?


There’s a new normal in the world of recycling. Once the largest importer of post-consumer recyclables, China decided it didn’t want “foreign garbage” inundating its country anymore.

So, it instituted a waste import ban on 24 kinds of solid wastes in January 2018; a new contamination standard of 0.5 percent went into effect in March— and even more restrictions may be coming down the pike. Needless to say, it’s a tough time for the U.S. recycling industry as it scrambles to find both short-term and long-term solutions.

As a stakeholder, what do you need to know about this new and evolving situation? Below, we’ve rounded up articles and other resources to help answer your most pressing questions.

In addition to providing key points from the linked articles, we’ve also interspersed takeaways from “China’s Import Regulations – What you need to know,” a session filmed live at WasteExpo 2018 featuring the following speakers: Dylan de Thomas, vice president of industry collaboration, The Recycling Partnership; Mark Reiter, assistant vice president and chief lobbyist, Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI); and Susan Robinson, director of public affairs, Waste Management. We’re all in this together.

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