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ISRI: China ban on scrap could start with plastics

A U.S. recycling trade association is raising new concerns about rumors that China may put in place either a ban or severe restrictions on imported recycled materials, with plastics possibly being the first target.


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Australian draft plan aims to reduce marine debris

The Australian Government has issued a draft threat abatement plan with strategies to reduce marine debris.


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Chinese firms see gains but worry over costs, trade

China's Hong Kong-listed plastics companies are reporting mixed results for 2016, with some helped by government infrastructure spending, while others were citing increased pressure to move to lower cost countries like Vietnam or watching for signs of potential trade wars.


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China XD privatization plan criticized

Some stock analysts and investors are sharply criticizing the privatization plans of automotive compounder China XD Plastics Co. Ltd., saying it undervalues the company.


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China's recycling crackdown gets high profile; impact still unclear

National Sword 2017, the name for China's latest effort to crackdown on problem imports of recycled plastics, won't be an issue for those who play by the rules, says one recycler close to the action.


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China's BanBao to begin selling sustainable toy blocks this year

Chinese toy company BanBao plans to beat Lego A/S in the introduction of sustainable plastic children's building blocks.


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Indian industry sees opportunities for plastics in infrastructure push

A spending push for $375 billion to improve India's infrastructure over the next three years is creating opportunities for the plastics industry, but polymer processors need to pay attention to minimizing their environmental impact.


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'Plastic China' documentary looks at underbelly of recycling in China

The plastics recycling industry had a high-profile spotlight in late January when the Chinese documentary film "Plastic China" earned a place at the Sundance Film Festival, the annual showcase for independent films in Park City, Utah.


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UN Environment declares war on ocean plastics

The environment agency of the United Nations is urging governments to ban or tax plastic bags, restrict microplastic beads in cosmetics and take other actions against single-use packaging.


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China tightens up crackdown on imported waste plastics

China's latest crackdown of plastics waste imports, launched in early February, seems to be getting more stringent, with heightened port inspections, shipment slowdowns and 90 arrests in anti-smuggling campaigns, according to Chinese industry sources.


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