At UN meeting, some call for global treaty on plastic marine waste

More aggressive action against plastic waste, especially to keep it from getting into the oceans, was in the driver's seat at a major United Nations environmental meeting in December, with some countries advocating a zero tolerance approach.

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ISRI warns of 'chaos' as China gets ready to enforce scrap ban

China's enforcement of its ban on imported scrap plastics and other materials is shaping up to be confusing and chaotic, a large U.S. recycling industry trade group is warning.

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Plastic Bank recycling effort partners with Henkel as it expands

Officials at Plastic Bank are forging major business partnerships, getting props from the United Nations and preparing for a Vatican visit as their programs to stem the tide of ocean-bound plastic spread beyond the shores of Haiti and the Philippines.

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China offers signs of 'leeway' in imported plastic scrap ban

Possibly cracking open the door in its ban on plastic scrap imports, the Chinese government may allow some grades of clean material in, if they can be used directly in manufacturing, according to a Chinese industry group.

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BIR: China plastic scrap imports could 'nosedive'

China's imports of plastics recycling scrap are likely to "nosedive" to less than half of normal levels next year in the wake of Beijing's strict ban on overseas waste materials, according to the Brussels-based industry group the Bureau of International Recycling.

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Groups unveil $150 million investment fund to fight plastic ocean pollution

The environmental group Ocean Conservancy and the plastics and consumer products industries unveiled plans Oct. 4 for a $150 million investment fund to target plastic marine litter in Southeast Asia, one of the world's hotspots for such pollution.

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China's ban prompts US recycling investment

China's ban on imports of recycled material is pushing more U.S. companies to invest in new recycling capacity.

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APR: China ban part of 'tsunami' of pressure for more recycled-content plastic

China's proposed ban on scrap plastic imports could be part of a "tsunami" of increasing pressure on companies to use more recycled content in their products, according to the head of a U.S. plastics recycling association.

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China's plastics recyclers look overseas amid government crackdown

China's ongoing crackdown on recycling companies and its mid-July announcement it will ban imported scrap plastic is likely to shift investment in plastic recycling to other countries.

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ISRI urges China to revise plastic scrap import ban

One of the largest recycling trade groups in the United States wants China to revise its proposed ban on imported recycled scrap, saying it would significantly disrupt trade and do little to meet Beijing's goal of protecting the environment.

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