CRRC's Media Response to the Recycling Markets Crisis

This Media Kit is designed to:

  • Educate your cities, counties, LEAs, etc. about the financial impacts of the markets crisis and the likelihood of necessary rate increases
  • Educate state and local governments on the need to incentivize domestic market/infrastructure development

This Media Kit is available to you and the public so that you can share it with your jurisdictions about the reality of the Recycling Markets crisis. We've been hearing from our members that many cities and counties are unsure about the magnitude of the crisis. This Media Kit will give you the back-up you need, as the resources on the page will continue to be built on a daily basis from all of the press (TV, newspaper, radio, social media) that is being generated.

Our talking points, and yours as well, include:

  • China National Sword and the impact on markets
  • The true cost of recycling and the cost per household (what once was a funding stream to offset rates is now a cost)
  • Education to address contamination to residents (keep recycling items in your recycling cart – but clean up the stream)

Check back here on a regular basis. If you are meeting with press, be sure to send them here as well.

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5/13/20: Plastics Recycling Update - Scrap plastic exports are dropping again this year

5/6/20: Plastics Recycling Update - Low virgin plastics pricing pinches recycling market further

5/5/20: - China Indicates Foreign Recyclables Shutdown Will Be Permanent

4/30/20: Bloomberg Law - China Signals Permanent End to Taking Most Recyclables from U.S.

4/1/20: Plastics Recycling Update - Country lockdowns bring "unprecedented implications"

3/19/20: PRI - China announces a new ban on single-use plastics

3/18/20: Plastics Recycling Update - South Korea to enact plastic import restrictions

3/16/20: Laredo LMT Online - Laredo's recyclables went to landfill in January

3/12/20: - South Korea to Restrict U.S. Paper, PET Imports

3/10/20: Resource Recycling - South Korea to enact import restrictions

3/10/20: Resource Recycling - Company plans US recycled paper pulping facility

3/4/20: Waste Dive - Waste Management reverses decision to cut mixed paper recycling in 14 Florida cities

3/3/20: Resource Recycling - China moves to relax recycled paper tariffs

3/3/20: Resource Recycling - Fiber end users continue to evolve with export markets

3/1/20: CNBS (video) - Why Chinese companies are investing in American recycling

2/25/20: Resource Recycling - Domestic plastics recycling capacity is expanding

2/21/20: South Florida Sun Sentinel (video) - Broward County, you’ll have to stop recycling paper. Here’s why.

2/19/20: Waste Dive - How many curbside recycling programs have been cut? (updated)

2/12/20: Reuters - Indonesia will ease imports of scrap metal for steel industry

2/12/20: KTAR News (audio) - Phoenix to raise trash collection service fee for first time in 11 years

2/12/20: Plastics Recycling Update - Exports see another major decline in 2019

2/12/20: The Wall Street Journal (video) - There's a Great Future in Plastics - Except in China

2/12/20: Resource Recycling - Report: Value of curbside materials drops 66% in two years 

2/12/20: - Singapore's New Law Restricts Contaminated Plastic Exports

2/11/20: - Scrap Paper, Plastic Exports Drop to Historic Lows  

2/11/20: Resource Recycling - Chinese paper import permits trend lower

2/6/20: Wisconsin Public Radio/NPR - Recycling Is More Complicated Than It Used To Be

2/6/20: Resource Recycling - Paper and plastic export numbers take historic dive

2/4/20: Resource Recycling - DS Smith expands North American recycled fiber capacity

1/30/20: The Boston Globe - Expanding state bottle law could help curb recycling crisis

1/30/20: WKSU (audio) - Cleveland Foresees Drastic Reduction As It Rightsizes Its Recycling Program

1/30/20: Standard Examiner - North Ogden again debating the future of its recycling program as costs jump

1/29/20: Plastics Recycling Update - US and Canada to add major processing capacity

1/28/20: Cape May County Herald - Should County's Recycling Program Continue?

1/28/20: Resource Recycling - Recycling firm will shutter facilities due to paper market

1/28/20: Resource Recycling - China’s overall paper imports dropped another 39% last year

1/28/20: Resource Recycling - Experts react to China’s updated metals specs

1/27/20: WFSU News - Future Of Recycling Uncertain For Some Florida Communities

1/27/20: Los Angeles Times - Editorial: China is putting the U.S. to shame in the fight against plastic trash

1/21/20: - Malaysia Returns 150 Containers of Plastic Waste

1/20/20: PBS News Hour (video) - Malaysia returns trash, says it won't be the world's waste bin

1/15/20: The New York Times - One Thing We Can Do: Fix Recycling

1/15/20: Waste Dive - India to enforce 1% contamination rate on paper imports, conduct random inspections

1/14/20: Resource Recycling - Details on India’s mixed paper import crackdown

1/14/20: Resource Recycling - Pratt to build more US recycled fiber mills

1/14/20: Resource Recycling - Verso mill deepens move into recycled packaging business

1/14/20: Resource Recycling - Another potential export disruption on the horizon

1/14/20: Resource Recycling - Recycled paper prices stay low

1/11/20: Boston Globe - Recycling is becoming so expensive that some towns don’t know what to do

1/9/20: - NWRA Publishes Update on Recyclables Market

1/8/20: Pensacola News Journal (video) - Furniture, alligator parts, dirty cans: How contaminants could doom Santa Rosa County's recycling efforts

1/8/20: Plastics Recycling Update - Another potential export disruption on the horizon

1/7/20: Resource Recycling - China continues to decrease permits for imported paper

1/3/20: Pensacola News Journal - Santa Rosa County throws 'Hail Mary' to save recycling program, which should begin by end of January

1/2/20: - Documentary Highlights Global Plastic Waste Crisis

12/20/19: - Tiny Plastics Largely Contribute to Asia's Waste Crisis

12/19/19: Waste Dive - How many curbside recycling programs have actually been cut?

12/19/19: Bowling Green Daily News - Future of Warren County's curbside recycling in doubt

12/18/19: North Bay Business Journal - Recycling industry woes linger for North Bay haulers, processors

12/18/19: Plastics Recycling Update - Import policies choke the flow of recycled plastic from US

12/14/19: Northwestern Medill Report - Chicago area recycling industry struggles after China bans waste imports

12/12/19: The Roanoke Times - Recycling continues to struggle in Roanoke and statewide

12/11/19: Plastics Recycling Update - Federal lawmakers launch plastics recycling task force

12/10/19: Resource Recycling - Virgin plastic giant acquires US PET reclaimer

12/9/19: NY Times (video) - The Great Recycling Con

12/6/19: Resource Recycling - These projects are boosting domestic capacity for recycled paper

12/6/19: CNBC (video) - Republic Services CEO on the cardboard crisis the US is facing

12/5/19: - China Likely to Ban All Recycled Fiber Imports

12/3/19: Resource Recycling - Signals point to all-out recycled fiber ban in China

12/3/19: Resource Recycling - Companies plan to invest $300M in domestic paper recycling

12/3/19: Resource Recycling - NERC reports drop in value of recovered materials

12/2/19: Resource Recycling - Data Corner: The recycling revenue slide for nation’s largest processor

12/2/19: Plastics Recycling Update - Reclaimer In Focus: A1 Polymer Recycling

12/2/19: WBNS 10 (video) - Cardboard waste is filling up central Ohio landfills

11/30/19: The Salt Lake Tribune - Two Salt Lake County cities are no longer accepting paper-based products in recycling bins

11/27/19: New Security Beat - What China's Ban on Plastic Scrap Means for Global Recycling

11/26/19: - Here's why recyclables in Orange County are going to the dump

11/26/19: - Mayasia Sends Back Illegal Plastic Waste to U.K.

11/26/19: - Indonesia Finalizes Scrap Import Regulations

11/22/19: NJ Spotlight - Planned Recycling Panel Would Seek to Revive Depressed Markets for Materials

11/20/19: - ‘Almost 100%’ of all recyclables in Ocoee are going to landfill

11/20/19: Las Vegas Review-Journal - Stricter Chinese recycling import rules increase Las Vegas trash fees

11/20/19: Resource Recycling - Mixed rigids and film recycling sites to open next year

11/19/19: Hoover Sun - Recycling conundrum: Santek took recyclables to landfill amid rising costs, contamination

11/19/19: Waste Dive - EPA Recycling Summit emphasizes need for urgent action, shies away from regulatory changes

11/18/19: East Valley Tribune - Mesa further tightening recycle program

11/16/19: East Oregonian - Bad market continues to send some recyclables to the landfill

11/13/19: Plastics Recycling Update - Recycled plastic end markets expand

11/13/19: Plastics Recycling Update - Mixed rigids and film recycling sites to open next year

11/12/19: Plastics Recycling Update - Plastics collectors continue to feel market pain

11/12/19: Resource Recycling - Exports decline, but domestic markets see stability

11/12/19: Resource Recycling - Recycled HDPE prices continue to escalate

11/11/19: - New Podcast Series Explores China’s Recycling Revolution

11/11/19: Waste Dive - New Hampshire legislators call for major changes to meet modern 'realities' of waste and recycling

11/6/19: Plastics Recycling Update - Exports tumble and ‘ungodly demand’ boosts HDPE prices

11/5/19: Resource Recycling - Washington state mill to add OCC line next year

11/5/19: Resource Recycling - Third-quarter recycling numbers sting more haulers

11/5/19: Resource Recycling - Aluminum recycling giant to spend $36M on upgrade

11/5/19: St. Louis Public Radio (audio) - From Garbage to Energy. New Trash Recycling Plant In the Works in North St. Louis

11/4/19: Berg Mill Supply - The Recycling Industry Cannot Waste Its Opportunity

11/1/19: The Guardian - Argentina could become 'sacrificial country' for plastic waste, say activists

11/1/19: - China Approves Baltic Control to Inspect Scrap Imports from U.S.

11/1/19: - Indonesia to Report Countries Refusing to Accept Returned Waste

10/31/19: - E-plastics Continue to Move Through Asian Markets

10/31/19: KFGO - Indonesia threatens to report countries for refusing to take back waste

10/30/19: Waste Dive - Where to grow: Asian and Latin American countries may increase recyclable import capacity

10/30/19: Plastics Recycling Update - Upcoming CarbonLite operation is company’s largest yet

10/29/19: Plastics Recycling Update - Asian markets for e-plastics evolve amid uncertainty

10/29/19: Waste Dive - Faced with market turmoil, public sector leaders seek new approaches for waste and recycling

10/28/19: GAIA - A Global Waste Shell Game: “Returned” Illegal Waste Shipments from U.S., Diverted from Indonesia to other Asian Countries

10/28/19: Resource Recycling - China adds inspection option for US fiber exporters

10/28/19: The Virginian-Pilot - Chesapeake recycles 14,500 tons of trash. Now the city is “seriously considering” whether to stop recycling.

10/28/19: Berg Mill Supply - Single-Stream vs. Dual-Stream Recycling and Rising Purity Standards Abroad

10/28/19: Resource Recycling - Groups say rejected shipments moved to other countries

10/28/19: Resource Recycling - WM not expecting uptick on paper pricing any time soon

10/25/19: BBC Outlook (audio) - Indiana Recycling Industry Seeking Investment, Development Amid Changing Landscape

10/22/19: Resource Recycling - Company expands corrugated packaging capacity

10/21/19: - Malaysia Works to Return Hundreds of Containers of Scrap Plastics

10/18/19: Asian Sentinel - Southeast Asia Discovers it Can’t Say No to All Waste Imports

10/18/19: Inhabitat - Recycled plastic to soon pave Los Angeles roads

10/17/19: The Seattle Times - Seattle, King County to stop taking plastic bags in recycling

10/17/19: - Recycled HDPE Prices Climb, While PET, PP Prices Fall

10/17/19: Reuters - Malaysia working to clear hundreds of plastic waste shipments at ports: officials

10/17/19: Waste Dive - Waste Management and Casella confirm plastic export policies

10/15/19: Resource Recycling - Recycled HDPE prices soar, but PET and metals see declines

10/15/19: Resource Recycling - Israeli business says it wants the material MRFs reject

10/11/19: - Developer Details $315M New York Paper Mill Project

10/11/19: Waste Dive - California legislature wraps session with unprecedented recycling action

10/10/19: - China Continues to Accept OCC, But in Lower Volumes

10/9/19: Plastics Recycling Update - APR fall meeting: RPET demand will outpace supply

10/9/19: Plastics Recycling Update - Verdex unveils recycled plastic nanofiber technology

10/8/19: Resource Recycling - Fiber continues to flow to China … for now

10/8/19: Resource Recycling - Details on $315 million NY mill project

10/7/19: Berg Mill Supply - Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Lending a Helping Hand in the Recycling Industry

10/6/19: Bloomberg - Japan’s Abe Says Plastics Not the ‘Enemy’ as Trash Piles Up

10/3/19: - Chemical Recycling Opens Markets for Contaminated Plastics

10/3/19: Waste Dive - Department of Energy awards $73M for biofuel and waste projects

10/2/19: The Cape Cod Chronicle - Trash Crisis Is Driving Cost Increases, Selectmen Told

9/30/19: Huffpost - How Fossil Fuel Companies Are Killing Plastic Recycling

9/29/19: Waste Today Magazine - The state of the waste industry

9/2019: The Potrero View - San Francisco to Take Its Time Getting to Zero Waste

9/26/19: - A New Paper Mill in Ohio

9/20/19: Waste Dive - California legislature wraps session with unprecedented recycling action

9/19/19: The Olympian - With cost of recycling on the rise, Olympia plans to stop curbside collection of glass

9/19/19: - Indonesia to Send Back 547 Containers of Contaminated Materials

9/19/19: Plastics News - California's stalled plastics plan will come back. Here's what it could mean.

9/18/19: Waste Dive - What's the next recycling boom market? ISRI roundtable weighs in

9/18/19: Plastics Recycling Update - Post-consumer plastics prices see notable changes

9/17/19: - Other Cities Face Trash Crises, but NYC is Navigating China’s Recycling Import Ban

9/17/19: Resource Recycling - Recovered natural HDPE price rises while PET drops

9/17/19: Resource Recycling - Trump to visit new recycled paper mill

9/16/19: Waste Dive - California packaging EPR bill stalls, recycled content mandate passes

9/12/19: NPR (audio) - Where Does Our Recycling Go?

9/12/19: Quarts - California could become the first state to ban single-use plastics

9/11/19: Plastics Recycling Update - Revolve Recycling closes and lays off employees

9/11/19: Plastics Recycling Update - Avangard to build three $30 million film facilities next year

9/11/19: Plastics Recycling Update - Canadian plastics recycling decreased in 2017

9/11/19: SWANA - New ARF Report Examines the Impact of China’s National Sword Policy on Curbside Recycling Programs

9/11/19: Waste Dive - California governor signs law encouraging dual-stream recycling

9/10/19: Resource Recycling - Q&A: Linking supply and demand

9/10/19: Resource Recycling - Experts talk recycled paper realities and forecasts

9/9/19: Resource Recycling - Here is away

9/9/19: San Francisco Chronicle - San Francisco is surviving the global recycling crisis. But it’s not easy

9/9/19: Berg Mill Supply Co. - Getting Federal About the Recycling Crisis

9/8/19: The Wall Street Journal - States Look for New Ways to Recycle Your Plastic and Paper

9/4/19: Resource Recycling - The details on a $1.8M MRF upgrade in Midwest

9/4/19: Resource Recycling - Norpac plans recovered paper end market expansion

9/4/19: Waste Dive - The Recycling Partnership launches tool to simplify recycling for consumers

9/3/19: KMVT11 News - 'Act Now': Twin Falls launches new recycling program

9/1/19: Peninsula Daily News - Paper mill prepares to reopen by end of year in Port Angeles

8/30/19: Mother Jones - One Very Bad Habit Is Fueling the Global Recycling Meltdown

8/30/19: NRC Recycles - ISRI: China targets scrap commodities in latest tariff announcement

8/30/19: KCRG - Metro Waste to build $24M Des Moines area recycling center

8/29/19: - Scrap Metals Market Drives Overseas and Domestic Changes

8/27/19: Resource Recycling - These projects are boosting domestic capacity for recycled paper

8/27/19: Waste Dive - China announces additional tariffs on US scrap commodities, including aluminum and OCC

8/27/19: Resource Recycling - China to increase tariffs on US OCC and other materials

8/27/19: Resource Recycling - NERC survey offers insight into today’s MRF economics

8/27/19: Resource Recycling - Indorama will invest to met increased RPET demand

8/27/19: - Changes to the city's recycling program could reduce contamination, cost

8/26/19: - ISRI Notifies Members of China’s Latest Tariff Announcement

8/26/19: KRWG Public Media (audio) - Creating A National Recycling Strategy

8/26/19: Berg Mill Supply - The Recycling Industry Will Resurface, But When?

8/21/19: Plastics Recycling Update - Survey: Americans continue to recycle despite doubts

8/20/19: Resource Recycling - Indonesia’s fiber import rules become more clear

8/20/19: Resource Recycling - Several sizable cities cut curbside recycling

8/20/19: Resource Recycling - Plastics recovery project underway in Pacific Northwest

8/20/19: Resource Recycling - Fiber giants don’t expect recycled paper price movement

8/16/19: Waste Dive - Scrap Collector: Australia's recyclable export ban creates domestic opportunities — including incineration

8/15/19: Recycling Today - ISRI learns of Indonesia’s plans to severely restrict prohibitives in recovered fiber imports

8/14/19: Plastics Recycling Update - Plastic shipments to India stall as ban draws near

8/14/19: Plastics Recycling Update - Plastic collectors experience persistent market strife

8/14/19: Plastics Recycling Update - Prices down for key curbside plastics

8/13/19: (video) - No more recycling in City of Surprise due to rising costs

8/13/19: - Recycling program to continue without plastics, mixed paper

8/13/19: Resource Recycling - Plastic shipments to India stall as ban draws near

8/13/19: Resource Recycling - Prices for recycled paper and plastic stay painfully low

8/13/19: Resource Recycling - Companies plan investments in US recycled paper mills

8/12/19: Berg Mill Supply Co. - Your Recycling May Not Be Going Where You Think

8/9/10: The Lane Report - Phoenix Paper plans $200M recycling facility at Ballard County mill; 500 jobs

8/9/19: - Australia Vows to Ban Recycled Waste Exports

8/8/19: San Jose Mercury News - Walters: California goal of reducing trash is a wasted effort

8/8/19: - Recycled Plastic Exports Plunge in First Half of 2019

8/7/19: CISION PR Newswire - China's Waste Ban Creates Growth Opportunities for the Circular Economy in Developed Countries

8/7/19: Waste Dive - Why China's 2020 total scrap import ban may not be so clear cut

8/7/19: Waste Dive - Public company recycling revenues down nearly 9% so far this year

8/7/19: Plastics Recycling Update - Plastics recovery project underway in Pacific Northwest

8/7/19: Plastics Recycling Update - Sirmax to build U.S. plastics recycling plant

8/7/19: Plastics Recycling Update - Scrap plastic exports plummet 43% this year

8/6/19: Marketplace - RePlanet shuts down amid trying times for recycling industry

8/6/19: Resource Recycling - Low commodity prices hammer hauler revenues

8/6/19: Resource Recycling - Scrap plastic exports plummet 43% this year, paper stable

8/1/19: Bloomberg - Plastic Waste Piles Up as Indonesia's Import Crackdown Backfires

8/1/19: Cal Matters - Seabirds eating plastic. Recyclers struggling. This is what California’s waste crisis looks like

7/31/19: - Indonesia Returns Illegally Imported Waste to France, Hong Kong

7/31/19: Waste Dive - Precipitous drop in reclaimed plastic film exports drags down recovery efforts

7/31/19: Plastics Recycling Update - Plastics recycling garners federal attention amid rising pressure

7/31/19: The Daily Journal (video) - Grand jury: San Mateo County facing major waste challenges

7/30/19: Resource Recycling - Federal politicians highlight recycling and plastic waste

7/28/19: The Wall Street Journal - ‘We Are Swamped’: How a Global Trash Glut Hurt a $25 Billion Industry

7/27/19: CNBC (video) - America is drowning in garbage. Now robots are being put on duty to help solve the recycling crisis

7/26/19: You Tube (video) - If You Don’t Know, Now You Know - Asian Nations Reject Western Trash | The Daily Show

7/26/19: Reuters - Indonesia plans new rules to curb jump in imports of plastic waste

7/25/19: - Indonesian Paper Import Restrictions Remain Unknown

7/24/19: MSN News - How China Is Trying To Stem Its Massive Plastic Pollution Problem

7/24/19: Plastics Recycling Update - Cambodia rejects 3.2 million pounds of scrap plastic

7/23/19: Closed Loop Partners - What's Going on in China: Recycling's Rise to Power

7/23/19: Resource Recycling - Cambodia returns scrap plastic to US and Canada

7/23/19: Resource Recycling - Indonesian import restrictions remain up in the air

7/21/19: Hartford Courant - The cost of recycling keeps going up, and cities need help.

7/19/19: - Cambodia to Send 1,600 Tonnes of Waste Back to the U.S., Canada

7/19/19: - Bristol, Va., Struggles with Trash Pileups After Recycling Program Ends

7/17/19: The Guardian - 'Not a dustbin': Cambodia to send plastic waste back to the US and Canada

7/17/19: Waste Dive - Recycling to resume in Florida county after 6-month suspension

7/17/19: Waste Dive - New Hampshire passes recycling study bill amid market challenges

7/17/19: Plastics Recycling Update - US asks developed nations to omit Basel plastic rules

7/17/19: Plastics Recycling Update - Modest changes in scrap plastics pricing

7/17/19: Plastics Recycling Update - How one state could boost its recycling resilience

7/16/19: Houston Chronicle - More recycled plastic needed to meet Walmart, Ikea, others' goals, report finds

7/16/19: Resource Recycling - Recycling firm plunges into papermaking with $320M mill

7/16/9: Resource Recycling - OCC and aluminum prices stuck in the doldrums

7/15/19: Resource Recycling - Community Spotlight: L.A. planners juggle goals, markets and huge volumes of material

7/15/19: - Crossroads Paper Plans to Construct Recycled Paper Mill in Utah

7/12/19: Santa Cruz Sentinel - Santa Cruz county eyes sweeping plastic prohibitions

7/10/19: WJHL News (video) - Bristol, Va. dealing with increased amount of trash piling up, months after recycling program ends

7/10/19: Plastics Recycling Update - Optimistic outlook for the plastics recycling market

7/10/19: Plastics Recycling Update - Export hurdles create trouble for rigids and film recovery

7/9/19: Press Herald - Market shifts prompt bill to shore up Maine recycling programs

7/9/19: The Guardian - Indonesia sends rubbish back to Australia and says it's too contaminated to recycle

7/9/19: The Washington Post - Indonesia returning 57 containers of developed world’s waste

7/9/19: Resource Recycling - Experts express optimism for paper and plastic markets

7/9/19: Resource Recycling - How one state could boost its recycling resilience

7/9/19: Resource Recycling - Oregon mill may look to source recycled fiber

7/8/19: Berg Mill Supply - Has the Cardboard Recycling Industry Fallen Flat?

7/4/19: Asparagus Magazine - Recycling May be Down, But Don’t Count it Out Yet

7/3/19: - Two Communities End Curbside Recycling Programs

7/2/19: The Jakarta Post - Indonesia sends more toxic waste, trash back to US, Europe, Australia

7/2/19: Waste Dive - Chinese port shuts out scrap metal imports 3 days before new restrictions take effect

7/1/19: KRON (video) - Sierra Vista ends curbside recycling pick up, opens drop-off site

7/1/19: South China Morning Post - Shanghai begins new waste sorting era, as China eyes cleaner image

6/29/19: Bloomberg - China's War on Trash Is the World's, Too

6/26/19: Waste Today Magazine - Cleveland’s recyclables sent to landfills

6/26/19: Waste Dive - Oregon communities reach agreement with Waste Connections to revive recycling

6/26/19: Bloomberg - Japan's Waste-to-Power Fix for Asia Undercuts Lower Carbon Goals

6/26/19: Waste Dive - Sorting out the future of mixed paper

6/25/19: Resource Recycling - Not much light at end of mixed-paper tunnel

6/25/19: Resource Recycling - Takeaways from one state recycling gathering

6/25/19: Resource Recycling - Market woes cause MRF closure in Ontario

6/25/19: - Report Details the Impact of China’s New Import Policies

6/24/19: Pensacola News Journal - Santa Rosa County could suspend all recycling for the foreseeable future

6/24/19: Berg Mill Supply - Are Indonesia’s New RCP Import Requirements Breaking the Bale?

6/23/19: Nikkei Asian Review - Southeast Asia's trash, Japan Inc.'s power-generating treasure

6/21/19: The Guardian - Americans' plastic recycling is dumped in landfills, investigation shows

6/21/19: - IntegriCo Accepts Plastic That China Will Not

6/21/19: Waste Dive - Scrap Collector: Southeast Asian activists call for ASEAN ban on foreign waste imports

6/20/19: Prince William Times - American Disposal Services fined for trashing recyclables

6/19/19: - Indonesia Adopts ISRI Specs for Recovered Paper, Returns Trash Imports

6/19/19: Plastics Recycling Update - Articles highlight ‘crisis’ in US plastics recycling

6/19/19: Plastics Recycling Update - Scrap plastic exports moved up in April

6/18/19: Resource Recycling - Beverage giant to open SE Asia recycling plant

6/18/19: Resource Recycling - Indonesia slightly scales back paper import restrictions

6/18/19: Resource Recycling - Recycled material exports trend upward in April

6/18/19: WBUR (audio) - Chinese Investment In U.S. Paper Mills Boosts Industry

6/17/19: - China Ban Could Disrupt Singapore’s “Zero Waste” Plans

6/17/19: (video) - Roanoke City will pay nearly double to keep curbside recycling

6/17/19: Reuters - Indonesia becomes latest Southeast Asian country to return waste to the West

6/13/19: - Tighter margins narrow the New Orleans recycling stream

6/13/19: The Center for Public Integrity - America’s grungy ‘recycled’ plastic is creating wastelands in Asia

6/12/19: Waste Dive - Recycling trade associations still see potential to grow export markets

6/12/19: Plastics Recycling Update - Beverage giant to open SE Asia recycling plant

6/11/19: - Why (and How) to Talk Optimistically About Recycling Right Now

6/11/19: Resource Recycling - With OCC plummeting, MRFs face tough decisions

6/11/19: Resource Recycling - Recovered fiber values continue to drop

6/10/19: Berg Mill Supply - Recycling Challenges Bring Opportunities For Growth

6/7/19: The New York Times - Recyclers Cringe as Southeast Asia Says It’s Sick of the West’s Trash

6/6/19: MSN Money - The backlash to plastic has oil companies worried

6/5/19: Bloomberg - Southeast Asia Should Want the World's Junk

6/5/19: The Conversation - As more developing countries reject plastic waste exports, wealthy nations seek solutions at home

6/5/19: KHOU 11 - ‘That’s just wrong’ | City caught dumping more recyclables at landfills

6/5/19: Waste Dive - Southern California city rejects new recycling contract amid market volatility

6/5/19: Waste Dive - Philadelphia cancels recycling rewards program

6/5/19: - NWRA Unveils Program to Help Members Grow Export Opportunities

6/5/19: - Hong Kong Braces for Drastic Drop in Recycling Prices

6/3/19: Resource Recycling - Putting it all in perspective

5/31/19: Waste Dive - Scrap Collector: Malaysia returning 3,300 tons of contaminated plastic scrap

5/30/19: - China to Begin Issues Scrap Metal Licenses, Quotas in June

5/30/19: - What's California's True Recycling Story?

5/30/19: Plastics Recycling Update - Chemical recycling firm lands $35 million in backing

5/30/19: Plastics Recycling Update - Malaysia kicks loads back to exporters

5/29/19: The State Journal - Frankfort, Franklin County exploring paper recycling options

5/29/19: South China Morning Post - China to issue scrap metal import licences and quotas as it clamps down on waste

5/29/19: The Star (video) - Malaysia makes its stand on waste

5/29/19: Resource Recycling - Recycled fiber mill coming, existing plant sold

5/28/19: Berg Mill Supply - Exporting Pollution and Smuggling Scrap

5/28/19: Reuters - China to issue scrap import licenses by end-June, earlier than expected by industry

5/28/19: The New York Times - Food Delivery Apps Are Drowning China in Plastic

5/28/19: Fox News - Malaysia to return 3,300 tons of waste back to several countries, including US, citing illegal dumping

5/28/19: San Jose Mercury News - Opinion: California must stop dumping toxic plastic waste abroad

5/23/19: - Brightmark Breaks Ground on Plastics-to-fuel Facility in Indiana

5/22/19: Plastics Recycling Update - Plastic exports continue steep declines

5/22/19: - Report Analyzes China's New Recovered Paper Policies and Markets

5/21/19: East Bay Express - Recycling's Sword of Damocles

5/21/19: Bangor Daily News - How a Chinese company plans to revitalize 2 struggling Maine mills

5/21/19: Resource Recycling - Paper exports stable but plastics drop dramatically

5/21/19: Resource Recycling - Local leaders respond to market challenges

5/21/19: Resource Recycling - Recycling will likely feel tariff impacts - again

5/20/19: WKAR/NPR (audio) - Michigan's Recycling Industry is "Looking Back to Move Forward"

5/20/19: The Orange County Register - Your recyclables are going to the dump and here's why

5/20/19: MENAFN - Chinese import of solid waste declines in 4 months

5/18/19: ABC News - China's ban on scrap imports a boon to US recycling plants

5/17/19: The New Orleans Advocate - City announces reduction in curbside recycling in New Orleans; Jefferson finds temporary fix

5/17/19: - Lexington, Hy., Suspends Paper Recycling - For Now

5/15/19: Lexington Herald Leader - Confused by Lexington's decision to stop recycling paper? Here's what you need to know.

5/15/19: Waste Dive - Major recyclers deny still exporting plastic overseas

5/15/19: Plastics Recycling Update - Recycling efforts receive millions in state funding

5/15/19: Plastics Recycling Update - What's needed to recover e-plastics domestically?

5/14/19: Resource Recycling - Paper giants talk mixed paper and OCC outlook

5/14/19: Resource Recycling - Basel changes may have 'bigger impact' than China ban

5/14/19: Resource Recycling - Why the U.S. paper recovery rate rose last year

5/13/19: Resource Recycling - Data Corner: How export markets shifted from 2017 to 2018

5/13/19: Resource Recycling - Q&A: Rolling with the markets

5/10/19: - 180 nations agree UN deal to regulate export of plastic waste

5/10/19: E&E News - Isolated Taiwan offers solution to Asia's plastic problems

5/9/19: Recycling Today - AF&PA reports paper recycling rate reaches 68.1 percent

5/7/19: Scientific American - Can Robots Help Pick Up after the Recycling Crisis?

5/6/19: KBIA Radio (audio) - How China's Import Ban is Affecting Mid-Missouri Recycling

5/6/19: Berg Mill Supply - Cleaning Up the Garbage Trade

5/4/19: NOLA - Largest recycler in New Orleans area won't take household discards anymore

5/3/19: - Malaysia Cracks Down on Illegal Plastic Recycling Facilities

5/3/19: Waste Advantage Magazine - Commentary: Is Recycling an Ideas whose Time has passed?

5/2/19: - China Introduces New Application Process for Nonferrous Scrap Imports

5/1/19: Sanger Herald - Recycling markets cause trouble for collectors

5/1/19: Recycling International - Indian import deadline drives temporary price hike

5/1/19: Waste DFive - Washington state recycling market incubator bill signed into law

4/30/19: Plastic Pollution Coalition - Six Times More Plastic Waste is Burned in U.S. than is Recycled

4/30/19: Resource Recycling - Hauler struggles persist into 2019

4/29/19: - Tucson, Arioz., Cuts Back Recycling Program to Reduce Costs

4/27/19: CNN (video) - China's recycling ban has sent America's plastic to Malaysia. Now they don't want it -- so what next?

4/26/19: Waste Dive - Scrap Collector: Investigation reveals pervasive plastic scrap smuggling into Malaysia

4/25/19: VOA - China Plastic Waste Ban Throws Global Recycling into Chaos

4/25/19: - Report: "Communities on the Frontlines of the Global Plastic Crisis"

4/25/19: - Scrap Paper and Plastic Exports Continue to Decline

4/24/19: Bureau of International Recycling - China to introduce new application procedure for non-ferrous scrap imports - possibly by late may

4/24/19: Plastics Recycling Update - Plastic exports continue to drop

4/24/19: Plastics Recycling Update - Why banned shipments are still getting into Malaysia

March/April 2019: Scrap - What's Recyclable?

4/24/19: Waste Dive - How Los Angeles is adapting to market changes - with an eye toward Mexico

4/24/19: Waste Trade Stories - DISCARDED: Communities on the Frontlines of the Global Plastic Crisis

4/23/19: MayalMail - Climate change minister declares war on plastic waste smugglers after container-loads found in Klang

4/23/19: Resource Recycling - Groups warn that 'recycling is not enough'

4/23/19: Waste Dive - Report: Global plastic trade's 'staggering' costs in Southeast Asia

4/23/19: Resource Recycling - Exports of recycled paper and plastic fall again

4/22/19: ABC News (video) - More waste is going to landfills, less is recycled. What's going on?

4/22/19: TODAY (video) - An inside look at efforts to 'save' recycling as some cities scrap their programs

4/20/19: (video) - 'We are in a crisis': Australia's recycling nightmare

4/20/19: The Daily Item - Glut of recyclables creates challenges in Pennsylvania

4/20/19: Mountain Xpress - WNC adjusts to shifts in recycling market

4/20/19: Mail Tribune - It's not easy being green

April 2019: Parks and Recreation Magazine - Recycling is Dead. Now What?

4/17/19: Plastics Recycling Update - Recovered polyolefin prices fall

4/17/19: Plastics Recycling Update - Commercial plastics-to-fuel plant receives financing

4/17/19: Waste Dive - Unpacking the international business potential of China's scrap import ban

4/16/19: - Dear Plastics Industry: We are Headed for a Divorce

4/16/19: Resource Recycling - Recycled paper prices fall further

4/15/19: CBS Sacramento (video) - Recycling Plants Looking Toward Stricter Recycling Standards

4/14/19: NBC News - Everything Americans think they know about recycling is probably wrong

4/14/19: (audio) - Global Recycling Is A Dumpster Fire. Literally

4/11/19: KCUR - How Kansas City Recycling Companies Are Adapting To A Chinese Plastic Waste Import Ban

4/10/19: Huffington Post - How A Picturesque Fishing Town Became Smothered In Trash

4/10/19: Waste Dive - ISRI2019: Recycled paper mill cost structure 'probably never looked better'

4/10/19: Waste Dive - Closed Loop report calls for increased investment in chemical recycling

4/10/19: Plastics Recycling Update - Bottlers report recycled plastic use in California

4/10/19: Plastics Recycling Update - Study details 'transformational' tech in plastics recycling

4/10/19: Waste Dive - Texas recycling industry backing legislation to boost domestic markets

4/9/19: Standard-Examiner - Ogden City recycling back on for now

4/9/19: Waste Advantage Magazine - Iowa and Tennessee Become Fourth and Fifth States to Pass Legislation to Help Recover More Plastics

4/9/19: - The Problem with Plastics

4/9/19: Resource Recycling - China reiterates total ban and tries to define 'solid waste'

4/8/19: Berg Mill Supply - Reduce, Reuse, and Incinerate?

4/8/19: Resource Recycling - Chinese fiber import permits down 13% from last year

4/8/19: Nashville Public Radio (audio) - Nashville Doubles Down On Curbside Recycling Program And Renegotiates Contract

4/5/19: Slate - Recycling Isn’t About the Planet. It’s About Profit.

4/5/19: Waste Dive - Phoenix awards contract to Renewlogy for chemical recycling project

4/5/19: Fastmarkets RISI - Oversupplied OCC drops $10-15/ton domestic, $15 export as demand is extremely soft from US mills and from China

4/5/19: Fastmarkets RISI - Recovered Paper: Like China, Indonesia plans 0.5% contaminant rule, to inspect 100% of containers

4/5/19: Chicago Tribune - Recycling crisis: China doesn't want California's waste. Now what?

4/4/19: Calaveras Enterprise - China ban on recyclables to jeopardize local waste management funding

4/4/19: Fast Company - All the ways recycling is broken - and how to fix them

4/4/19: Waste Dive - Indonesian government delays tight fiber inspection policies

4/3/19: The Richmond Standard - Richmond council votes in favor of surcharges for improper recycling

4/3/19: Waste Dive - What does 'recycling' actually mean?

4/3/19: Plastics Recycling Update - Officials say Vietnam to end plastic imports in 2025

4/3/19: Plastics Recycling Update - U.S. scrap plastic exports hit a 14-year low

4/3/19: - How Recycling has Changed Since National Sword

4/3/19: - Recycling Challenges Abound for Charleston, S.C., Area

April/May 2019: Bay Area Monitor - Re-Evaluating Recycling

April/May 2019: Bay Area Monitor - Wishful Thinking About Landfills

4/2/19: Vox - America's new recycling crisis, explained by an expert

4/2/19: East Bay Times - Recycling crisis: China doesn't want our waste. Now what?

4/2/19: Resource Recycling - Officials say Vietnam to end plastic imports in 2025

4/2/19: Resource Recycling - Indonesia delays strict paper requirements

4/2/19: Resource Recycling - January saw flat paper exports but lower plastic volume

4/2/19: Food Business News - Effective waste reduction requires closing the loop

4/1/19: Marin Independent Journal - Mill Valley Recycling seeks vote on double-bin recycling

4/1/19: Bloomberg - No Silver Bullet for China's Plastics Problem

4/1/19: The Nib - It's Time to Rethink How Recycling is Done

4/1/19: CBS News (video) - Why recycling efforts are getting trashed: "This is a total no-no"

4/1/19: City Lab - How American Recycling Is Changing After China's National Sword

3/29/19: GreenBiz - Are you ready for Round 3 of the plastic waste trade war?

3/29/19: The Columbus Dispatch - Columbus' recycling efforts remain strong despite China's ban on imported waste

3/28/19: Pasadena Weekly - Garbage piles up as the recycling market breaks down

3/28/19: - India Sees Growth in Nonferrous and Paper Scrap Imports

3/27/19: Waste Dive - Prince William County, Virginia eliminates glass, some plastics from curbside recycling

3/27/19: Reuters - China plans to cut waste imports to zero by nex: official

3/27/19: Plastics Recycling Update - Berry pushes further into recycling industry

3/27/19: Plastics Recycling Update - Investments contradict 'end of recycling' headlines

3/27/19: Plastics Recycling Update - How recyclables price sheets have compared in recent years

3/26/19: Crain's New York Business - Hard choices needed to save recycling

3/26/19: Waste Dive - Recycling in the US will survive - despite the media narrative

3/26/19: Resource Recycling - Entrepreneur explains his recycling market contest

3/26/19: Resource Recycling - Bridging the U.S.-China gap to strengthen recycling

3/26/19: Resource Recycling - Investments contradict 'end of recycling' headlines

3/25/19: Resource Recycling - A steady path forward

3/25/19: Recycling Today - India's growth story

3/25/19: - The Rebirth of Cardboard Production in America

3/24/19: South Bend Tribune - South Bend area largely avoids recycling Armageddon

3/23/19: Fortune - China Has Had Enough of Your Garbage

3/22/19: - India Delays Scrap Plastic Ban

3/22/19: The New York Times - The Great American Cardboard Comeback

3/21/19: Foundation for Economic Eduation - America Finally Admits Recycling Doesn't Work

3/21/19: - NERC Conference Day One Tackles Polypropylene, Recycling Markets

3/21/19: - How MRFs Are Dealing with Tighter Fiber Quality Standards

3/21/19: - Report: $18B in Potential Economic Output from Plastics Recycling Technologies

3/20/19: CBS News (video) - U.S. cities have nowhere to put their recycling

3/20/19: You Tube (video) - Ellen DeGeneres and Ryan Hickman video says "let's fix U.S. recycling"

3/20/19: Plastics Recycling Update - Bridging the U.S.-China gap to boost plastics recycling

3/20/19: Waste Dive - 'Life After National Sword': Domestic market pivot, growing plastics backlash

3/20/19: - Memphis, Tenn., Sends Tons of Recyclables to Landfill

3/19/19: San Francisco Chronicle - Editorial: San Francisco needs to stay in front of a crumbling recycling market

3/19/19: Tampa Bay Times - House panel clears bill to help stop recycling from ending up in the trash

3/19/19: Resource Recycling - Values slip for key curbside recyclables

3/19/19: Resource Recycling - India may postpone scrap import ban

3/19/19: Resource Recycling - Paper exports grew in 2018, but plastics fell 35 percent

3/19/19: WBUR (audio) - How A New Policy in China Has Led To A Recycling Crisis In Mass.

3/18/19: Vox - Hundreds of US cities are killing or scaling back their recycling programs

3/18/19: - U.S. Cities Continue to Struggle Under Volatile Recycling Conditions

3/17/19: The San Diego Union-Tribune - Cities scrambling to clean up curbside recycling in wake of China ban

3/16/19: The New York Times - As Costs Skyrocket, More U.S. Cities Stop Recycling

3/15/19: - Southeast Asia Faces Floods of Plastic Trash

3/1/19: Plastics News - Recyclers invest in US processing in wake of National Sword

3/13/19: NPR - Where Will Your Plastic Trash Go Now That China Doesn't Want It?

3/13/19: Wired - The World's Recycling is in Chaos. Here's What Has to Happen

3/13/19: Plastics Recycling Update - Processor expands to meet growing recycled film demand

3/13/19: Plastics Recycling Update - U.S. Scrap plastic exports fell 35 percent last year

3/13/19: Plastics Recycling Update - Price of key curbside plastic falls significantly

3/12/19: Patch - Shoreline Recycling Rates May Increase, Trade War Partly To Blame

3/12/19: BBC - Why India is a world leader in waste paper

3/12/19: Waste Dive - India extends timeline for plastic scrap import ban

3/12/19: - Report: U.S. Sent 157,000 Shipping Containers of Plastic Waste to Other Countries in 2018

3/9/19: The Boston Globe - Recycling can't fix what really ails us

3/8/19: Huffington Post - Why Southeast Asia Is Flooded With Trash From America And Other Wealthy Nations

3/8/19: Waste Dive - Recycling market incubator bill advances in Washington State legislature

3/8/19: - Connecticut Municipalities Call for New Recycling Infrastructure

3/7/19: Waste Dive - How Phoenix's multimillion-dollar recycling investment will place them in 'catbird seat'

3/7/19: - India Announces Plans to Ban Scrap Plastic Imports

3/7/19: Waste Dive - NWRA seeks Trump's help in reversing China's scrap ban

3/6/19: Plastic Pollution Coalition - 157,000 Shipping Containers of U.S. Plastic Waste Exported to Countries with Poor Waste Management in 2018

3/6/19: Plastics Recycling Update - India to end plastic scrap imports

3/6/19: - Enviroplast and Canada Fibers Form a Strategic Partnership to Recycle Plastic Film

3/5/19: The Atlantic - Is This the End of Recycling

3/5/19: Resource Recycling - Fiber consumers to increase recycled appetite

3/4/19: Recycling Today - What to do with mixed paper

3/4/19: - CRI's "Duty to Warn" Webinar Debunks Recycling Myths

3/4/19: Hartford Courant - Cities and towns face soaring recycling costs, urge state action to help local


3/4/19: Recycling Today - What to do with mixed paper

3/4/19: Berg Mill Supply - MRFs Are Planting the Seeds for Sustainability as the Market Shifts

3/2/19: The Wall Street Journal - Help, We're Drowning in Recycling! Cue the 'Internet of Trash'

3/1/19: The Post and Courier - A month of recyclables sit at a Charleston County landfill with an uncertain fate

2/28/19: Waste Dive - California state legislators want to phase out non-recyclable plastic products by 2030

2/27/19: Wired - Since China's Ban, Recycling in the US has Gone up in Flames

2/27/19: Plastics Recycling Update - Plastic collectors feel the cut from National Sword

2/26/19: Resource Recycling - California bill pushes cities to return to dual-stream

2/25/19: - Communities Turn to Burning Recyclables Amid China Ban

2/25/19: - Happy Anniversary, National Sword

2/24/19: Waste Advantage Magazine - Philadelphia, PA Suburbs Struggle with 'New Normal' in Recycling Programs

2/21/19: San Francisco Examiner - The Recycling Myth

2/21/19: The Guardian - 'Moment of Recokoning': US cities burn recyclables after China bans imports

2/20/19: Plastics Recycling Update - West Coast reclaimers expand mixed-plastic capacity

2/20/19: Plastics Recycling Update - Film end user benefits from market conditions

2/20/19: Waste Dive - Massachusetts city, hauler head to trial over post-China recycling contract terms

2/19: NWRA Issue Brief - Recyclables: Changing Markets

2/19/19: Resource Recycling - National Sword bruises hauler recycling businesses

2/19/19: Resource Recycling - OCC movement slows alongside Chinese economy

2/13/19: Plastics Recycling Update - Renewlogy gets nod for Phoenix mixed-plastics program

2/12/19: (video) - National Sword

2/12/19: WAMU - Does Your Recycling Actually Get Recycled? Yes. Maybe. It Depends.

2/11/19: Berg Mill Supply - As China Cleans Up Their Act, We Can't Waste Our Opportunity

2/11/19: Waste Dive - California counties call for state commission on "significant" recycling disruptions

2/11/19: Waste Dive - Michigan gets unprecedented $15M boost for recycling in lame duck surprise

2/9/19: East Bay Times - China policy partly to blame for Bay Area recycling, garbage rate increase

2/8/19: Waste Dive - Republic Services has "overcome" China hurdle, says recycling success up to customers

2/7/19: Waste Advantage Magazine - Southbridge, MA Cracks Down on "Dirty" Recycling

2/6/19: Plastics Recycling Update - How hauling giant has reacted to export shifts

2/6/19: Plastics Recycling Update - End user reports PET price impacts

2/6/19: Plastics Recycling Update - Here's a domestic outlet hungry for 3-7 plastics

1/31/19: Financial Times (video) - The west's new recycling challenge

1/31/19: - Green Bay Packaging Launches 100% Recycled Paper Plant Using Mixed Papers

1/30/19: Plastics Recycling Update - China's scrap plastic imports down 99 percent

1/30/19: - Paying for Material Recovery: What's in Your Wallet?

1/29/19: ABC 7 News (video) - Bay Area garbage hauler pushing for fee if non-recyclable items placed in recycling bins

1/29/19: Resource Recycling - China: Plastic imports down 99 percent, paper down a third

1/29/19: - Recycling Groups Launch Paper Campaign in England

1/29/19: Waste Dive - APR: Recycled plastics reduce energy consumption, GHG emissions

1/28/19: Next City - Rethink, Retool, Then Recycle?

1/28/19: Waste Dive - How small cities around the country are fighting to save recycling

1/27/19: Waste Advantage Magazine - With 40 Perfect of Trash Now Recycled, Olathe, KS Refocuses its Efforts

1/27/19: Waste Advantage Magazine - There's Value in Recycling's Setback

1/23/19: Palo Alto Online - Palo Alto approves new deal for waste collection

1/22/19: Resource Recycling - Demand growth key to plastics recycling acquisitions

1/22/19: Waste Dive - Recology leans into recycling solutions with $33M San Francisco upgrades

1/21/19: The Washington Post - A move by China puts U.S. small-town recycling programs in the dumps

1/21/19: Waste Advantage Magazine - $4.5M Phoenix Upgrade Will Get More Recyclables Out of the Landfill

1/18/19: - Malaysia to Shutter 100 Illegal Plastic Waste Factories

1/16/19: Plastics Recycling Update - Recology CEO: It's time to tackle plastics crisis

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