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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

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A timeline of Chinese waste initiatives from 2013–2018.

How to Take Action

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Action items for local governments and recycling managers.

Materials Affected

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

Recycling Infrastructure

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

SWANA In the News: China Waste Import Restrictions

In the News: China Waste Import Restrictions

SWANA Resources: China Waste Import Restrictions

Letters to State and Provincial Environmental Agency Leadership

Press Releases

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

Mar 29, 2019, 14:33 PM by MatrixGroup Admin

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

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Waste Dive 50 State Survey

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A state-by-state breakdown of how recycling programs and markets have responded since National Sword.

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From Green Fence to Red Alert: A China Timeline

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

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