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What You Need to Know About China’s Waste Import Restrictions

In 2017 and 2018, the Chinese government implemented a series of waste import restrictions limiting or banning a variety of recyclable material that had previously been accepted for processing. The restriction of the flow of materials has created new challenges throughout the supply chain of scrap—residents, solid waste departments, material recovery facilities (MRFs), processors, end users and beyond. This webpage provides an overview of these challenges and provides updates on SWANA’s efforts to help support North American recycling through this transition.

NPR’s On Point — Global Recycling Is A Dumpster Fire. Literally

Listen to SWANA CEO & Executive Director David Biderman’s interview with Megan Chakrabarti on NPR’S On Point on March 14, 2019.

SWANA Resources: China Waste Import Restrictions Infographics

Download printable infographics in exchange for contact information.

Timeline

A timeline of Chinese waste initiatives from 2013-2018

A timeline of Chinese waste initiatives from 2013–2018.

How to Take Action

Action items for local governments and recycling managers

Action items for local governments and recycling managers.

Materials Affected

Most common recycling materials affected by the China waste import restrictions

Most common recycling materials affected by the China waste import restrictions.

Recycling Infrastructure

Most common recycling materials affected by the China waste import restrictions

U.S. Recycling: Building America’s infrastructure through sustainability.

In the News: China Waste Import Restrictions

WasteDive 50 State Survey

Connex boxes with Chinese stars superimposed

A state-by-state breakdown on how China's new import policies are affecting recycling markets.

Media Kit Download

China map with recycling logo

Download SWANA’s China Waste Import Restrictions Media Kit in exchange for contact information.

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From Green Fence to Red Alert: A China Timeline

Timeline of events surrounding the Chinese import policies and how they continue to reshape materials recovery around the planet.