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China scrap plastic imports may drop 95 percent

Scrap plastic imported into China this year will likely plummet from 2017 levels, possibly to less than 5 percent of what it was last year, according to an estimate from a Chinese plastics recycling organization.


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National Sword may create new trade route for plastics beyond China

At China's twice-annual Replas convention, plastics recyclers reflected on the massive global shifts caused by Beijing's National Sword campaign. New limits announced April 19 on imports of post-industrial waste were seen by some as another nail in the coffin for China's once-thriving scrap plastics importing business.


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China's National Sword to cut post-industrial plastic scrap

China's ban on recycled plastics imports, dubbed National Sword, will cut even deeper for reclaimers around the globe.


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EU plastics groups call for stronger legislative base for plastics strategy

The European Commission's ambitious 'plastics strategy' for more environmentally friendly use of plastics should be enshrined in hard law, with sector-wide targets, industry associations are saying.


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China's National Sword continues to cut into US recycling

Many plastic recyclers in the United States are probably making their best quality bales ever, but the seismic shifts in the marketplace, thanks to China's National Sword program, have people still scrambling to move the material.


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Taiwan's single-use plastics ban aims to cut waste, but slowly

Taiwan's government is making a strong push to try to change consumers' use of disposable plastic products, rolling out a wide-ranging ban on single-use plastics such as straws, bags, cups and utensils.


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Chinese recyclers shifting operations to elsewhere in Asia

Plastics recyclers in China, impacted by their government's crackdown on imported scrap materials, still have interest in setting up operations in the United States. But they are now more focused on finding locations in Asia that they will be able to get up and running more quickly, said Steve Wong, managing director of Hong Kong-based Fukutomi Co. Ltd.


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Chinese recycler invests in Alabama, pushed by National Sword

In a sign of shifting investment caused by China's new ban on imported plastic scrap, a Shanghai-based plastics company is setting up a factory in Alabama to process recyclables and then export clean material to Asia.


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EU sets out ambitious plans to cut plastics use to protect environment

The European Commission adopted the first-ever Europe-wide strategy on plastics in January, saying that it wanted all plastic packaging in the European Union to be recyclable by 2030.


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McDonald's targets greener plastic packaging by 2025

McDonald's Corp., fresh off news that the company is discontinuing use of expanded polystyrene packaging in 2018, now is vowing to use only packaging that comes from renewable, recycled or certified sources by 2025.


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