'Grim outlook' for China's plastics recyclers

Dongguan, China -- China's scrap plastics recyclers are on edge as Beijing cracks down on smuggling, dodgy dealers and imported bales of even slightly contaminated waste.
The aggressive push is having ripple effects in the United States, the world's biggest exporter of scrap plastics.

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XSProject recycles plastic pouches to help trash pickers in Indonesia

When Karen McDaniels worked for 3M Co. in Indonesia, she would see the same man rooting through her trash every day. Little did she know that this would change her life as she works to help change the lives of so many others.

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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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'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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China starts new crackdown on plastics scrap imports

The Chinese government plans to launch a new crackdown on imports of plastics scrap as part of a larger campaign against illegal smuggling of "foreign waste" and other products, according to recycling trade associations and Chinese media.

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Coca-Cola to roll out 'twist' bottles for UK water business

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) has launched a new 'twist' bottle format and label for its Abbey Well Spring Water, which aims to be more environmentally friendly and encourage consumers to recycle more.

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Australia moves closer to bag bans

Australia has moved a step closer to banning single-use high density polyethylene bags after a meeting of the country's top environment ministers.

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German plastics group highlights success of bottle deposits in recycling

Germany recycled 93.5 percent of its PET bottles and 97.9 percent of its one-way deposit PET bottles in 2015. That compares with 30.1 percent recycling rate for PET bottles in the United States in 2015.

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