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.

Click link to view video, audio or article.

Please email trish@crrcnorth.org to add media links from all sources.

8/16/18: Waste Advantage - Congressman hosts roundtable in Oregon on recycling market changes

8/16/18: Waste 360 - Thailand announces ban on e-waste, plastic imports

8/15/18: Resource Recycling - China to enact tariffs on scrap and virgin plastics

8/15/18: Waste Advantage - Recycling Rescue: Contamination Intervention Needed to Save Recycling

8/14/18: San Francisco Chronicle Editorial - A trade war with China is harming the recycling market

8/14/18: NBC News Bay Area (video) - Recycling Troubles: Companies Struggle with New Tariffs

8/14/18: San Francisco Chronicle - Garbage companies are refusing your recycling. The trade war with China will make it worse

8/14/18: Paradise Post - NRWS looks to public for recycling help

8/14/18: Vallejo Times-Herald - Recycling costs likely to rise because of Chinese tariffs, local recycling firm says

8/14/18: Napa Register - Struggling recycling companies urge Napa consumers to clean up their acts

8/14/18: Resource Recycling - Low OCC prices continue to benefit U.S. mills

8/14/18: Resource Recycling - The latest pricing for baled paper and plastics

8/10/18: Waste360.com - Global Market Changes Mean Higher Recycling Costs

8/9/18: Waste360.com - Recycling Industry Responds to China Tariffs on Paper, Plastics

8/8/18: Waste Roday - China to impose tariffs on scrap imports from the US

8/8/18: Resource Recycling - China to enact tariffs on OCC and other recycled paper

8/8/18: Plastics Recycling Update - Where are the current plastics recycling markets?

8/6/18: Laguna Beach Indy - Wasting Recyclables

8/6/18: Berg Mill Supply - China Proposes New Import Bans

8/6/18: Waste360.com - Recyclables Dumped in Oregon Landfills Since China Ban

8/5/18: SWEEP - Pacific, West and Northeast are hit hardest by rising recycling costs and disappearing end markets

8/5/18: CBS News - Piling up: Drowning in a sea of plastic

8/4/18: Santa Cruz Sentinel - Chinese policy leaves Santa Cruz County recycling centers adrift

8/3/18: Stanford News - Stanford remains committed to zero-waste goal despite shakeup in the global recycling industry

8/3/18: Waste360.com - Vietnam, Malaysia set waste import restrictions

8/1/18: Plastics Recycling Update - EPA: U.S. plastics recycling rate declines

8/1/18: Plastics Recycling Update - Basel amendment could further slow U.S. plastic exports

7/31/18: Resource Recycling - Container backlogs cause more important strife in SE Asia

7/31/18: Resource Recycling - Publicly traded haulers report commodity price pains

7/31/18: Resource Recycling - Containerboard mill conversion will incorporate mixed paper (in Virginia)

7/31/18: Bakersfield.com - Bakersfield prepares to change recycling program in response to market downturn

7/30/18: Santa Maria Times - Our View: Big change in the way we dispose

7/27/18: Waste Advantage Magazine - Vermont's Recycling Costs Rise

7/26/18: Waste360.com - Fiberight Launches Integrated Waste Conversion Plant

7/26/18: ISRI - Markets in Southeast Asia forced to temporarily close borders because of trade diversion from China

7/26/18: Waste360.com - The current state of recovered paper markets

7/25/18: Plastics Recycling Update - China moves to extend bank to all recovered materials

7/25/18: Plastics Recycling Update - Phoenix eyes local outlet for mixed plastics

7/24/18: Stuff You Should Know Podcast (Audio) - Recycling Update: How's It Going?

7/24/18: Tap Into North Salem - North Salem garbage contract concerns

7/20/18: YourCentralValley.com - Investigation: U.S. versus China trade war hurting recycling industry

7/20/18: Waste360.com - China Ban Could Force Americans to Clean Up

7/19/18: SWANA: One Year of Change - SWANA Toolkit

7/19/18: Mountain View Voice - Clean Your Recycling

7/18/18: Waste Advantage Magazine - International Plastic Recycling Groups Announce Global Definition of "Plastics Recyclability"

7/18/18: Resource Recycling - China moves to extend ban to all materials

7/18/18: Waste360.com - Vietnam "Scrambling" Since China's Ban on Scrap Imports

7/17/18: Waste 360.com - China's Changing Import Regulations — What Does It All Mean?

7/16/18: Berg Mill Supply - California's Passion for Recycling No Longer Making an Impact

7/16/18: Recycling Today - China's scrap receipts slashed in half so far in 2018

7/13/18: KRON (Video) - Some Californians paying more to recycle after new China policy

7/12/18: Wastedive - Sacramento, California drops mixed plastics from curbside program

7/12/18: Bakersfield.com - Bakersfield recycling in trouble months after China stops taking world's trash

7/12/18: Chico News & Review - Trash Trouble: New costs, restrictions hampers haulers' recycling

7/12/18: Waste360.com - Penn Waste Announces New Recycling Guidelines for Customers in Pennsylvania

7/11/18: KCRA 3 (Video) - Here's how China is changing what you recycle at home

7/10/18: Recycling Today - The perplexing pace of policy changes

7/10/18: Sacramento Bee (Video) - Do you take recycling seriously? Here's how Sacramento's waste rules are changing

7/18/18: Waste360.com - China: One Year On

7/9/18: Mt. Diablo Resource Recovery - Launches Recycle CLEAN America website (The "Get Educated" webpage mentions the China ban and includes educational videos)

7/9/18: Waste360.com - Monterey, Calif., to Stop Recycling Plastic Bags

7/9/18: Los Angeles Times - Environmentally minded Californians love to recycle - but it's no longer doing any good

7/7/18: Marin Independent Journal - Corte Madera approves increase in garbage rates

7/6/18: Waste360.com - Time to Recycle Smarter

7/6/18: Manteca/Ripon Bulletin - Higher Garbage Rates? China's move could raise Manteca solid waste bills

7/4/18: MSN News - U.S. cities scramble to rewrite rules on recycling after China restricts "foreign garbage"

7/4/18: Action News Now Chico (Video) - New Recycling Guidelines Could Mean Higher Costs

7/2/18: Berg Mill Supply - China's Neighbors Struggle with Plastic Ban

7/2/18: Charlotte Observer (Video) - Charlotte's recycling "is broken". Could your plastic, paper be headed for a landfill?

7/1/18: St. Helena Star - No more plastic bags in recycle bins, says Napa County's Upper Valley Disposal & Recycling

6/29/18: Pacific Coast Business Times - Our view: Tougher trash standards a different kind of trade war

6/29/18: Pacific Coast Business Times - Trash Crash

6/29/18: Waste360.com - Industry Builds the Future of Recycling Amid China Ban Woes

6/29/18: KSBY (Video) - Recycling instructions coming to SLO County after major policy change abroad

6/28/18: 13 WTHR Indianapolis - Curbside recycling fee doubles for Indianapolis Republic Services customers

6/26/18: Waste360.com - Thailand Temporarily Halts Imports of Plastic Waste, E-waste

6/26/18: Resource Recyclin.com - China Adds Another Hurdle for Exporters

6/26/18: Waste360.com - China's Waste Import Ban Causing Recyclables to be Sent to Landfill

6/25/18: NBC News (Video) - Why your recycling may end up in landfills

6/25/18: Waste Advantage Magazine - The U.S. Used to Ship 4,000 Recyclable Containers a Day to China. Where Will the Banned Trash Go Now?

6/24/18: KSL.com - Salt Lake Valley recycling services at risk due to Chinese Restrictions

6/20/18: The Verge - China's plastic waste ban will leave 111 million tons of trash with nowhere to go

6/20/18: The Washington Post - A Giant Wave of Plastic Garbage Could Flood the U.S., a study says

6/20/18: SF Gate - Study: Plastic will pile up in wake of China recycling ban

6/20/18: Earther - China's Plastic Waste Ban Will Create a Huge Issue For the World

6/19/18: WasteDive.com - State bill could relax California recycling requirements due to China impact

6/19/18: TVEyes.com (Audio) - Trade War Escalation, Meanwhile the Trash Piles Up

6/15/18: Waste Advantage Magazine - SWANA Provides Update on Impact of China's Waste Import Restrictions on Recycling Programs

6/14/18: Voice of San Diego - San Diego Explained: Why Your Trash Bill Could Go Up

6/13/18: Waste 360.com - SWANA Provides Update on How China's Waste Import Restrictions are Impacting Recycling Programs

6/12/18: Resource Recycling.com - China Roundup: CCIC Update, Intense Inspections and More

6/12/18: Resource Recycling.com - Exporter Describes Southeast Asian Shipment Strife

6/12/18: Resource Recycling.com - Mixed News in Baled Recyclables Markets

6/11/18: Bloomberg (Audio) - Recycling, The Crisis After China's 'No'

6/11/18: Waste360.com - Kent County, Mich., Considers Doubling the Cost of Recycling

6/9/18: MLive Michigan - China's 'foreign garbage' fight causes Kent County $1 million shortfall

6/8/18: USA Today - Blue Bins Overflow with Amazon and Walmart Boxes. But We're Actually Recycling Less

6/8/18: VOA News - China Trash Ban Creates Crisus for US Recyclers

6/4/18: ISRI - Global Scrap Markets, The Effects of China and other Trade Trends

6/4/18: Napa Valley Register - Napa, so far, keeps up recycling sales, despits vanishing Chinese market

6/1/18: Voice of San Diego - Much of San Diego's Trash Goes to China and Now China Doesn't Want It

6/1/18: Waste360.com - Who Killed Recycling? The Harm to Recycling Has Been Inflicted by Recycling's Friends, Not its Enemies

6/1/18: SevenDaysVT.com - New Chinese Environmental Policy Hits Vermont Recycling Programs - Paying $57/ton to Move Paper

5/30/18: Resource Recycling.com -  China faces 'staggering' shortfall in recovered fiber supply

5/30/18: Resource Recycling.com - Why Vietnam is Shutting Out Some Materials

5/30/18: WasteDive.com - Nine Dragons to Acquire 2 US Paper Mills for $175M

5/29/18: WasteDive.com - China Ban Prompts Oregon County to Suspend Recycling Program

5/29/18: DQED News (Radio): Fears Grow Among Central Valley Recyclers as China Denies U.S. Recyclables

5/29/18: The New York Times - Your Recycling Gets Recycled, Right? Maybe, or Maybe Not

5/26/18: TheTimesNews.com - Trash Trouble

5/26/18: Los Angeles Times - California Has a Recycling Crisis. The Only Way to Solve It Is To Stop Making So Much Trash

5/24/18: Berg Mill Supply - Is Recycling's Future Headed Toward the Trash?

5/24/18: Berg Mill Supply - RCP Import Block Causes Commotion in Supply Chain

5/24/18: WasteDive.com - Vietnam to temporarily stop accepting scrap plastic imports

5/22/18: Resource Recycling.com - CCIC Inspections Resume and other National Sword Updates

5/22/18: Resource Recycling.com - ISRI: Tariffs Would "Irreparably" Harm Recycling Industry

5/19/18: 1 News (Video): Just south of Thames is this mind bogglingly massice city of plastic...

5/19/18: WasteDive.com — NRC: China's import ban exposed poor US recycling practices

5/19/18: Waste360.com - NRC Calls for U.S. Recycling Improvements Amid China Crackdown

5/18/18: Argus Courier - As Recycling Gets More Challenging, Petaluma Garbage Rates Go Up

5/17/18: KRON 4 (Video) - California's Recycling Crisis

5/16/18: 13 CBS Sacramento (Video) - Recycling Contamination Has California Sorting Out Solutions

5/16/18: CBS SF Bay Area/KPIX (Video) - Recycling Industry Reeling From Tough New China Standards

5/15/18: Valley Public Radio/NPR for Central California (Audio) - Fears Grow Among Valley Recyclers as China Denies U.S. Recyclables

5/15/18: Resource Recycling - China ban collides with Calif. diversion requirements

5/14/18: Business Insider DE - The American Recycling System is on the Verge of Breaking Down, and it Could Mean Higher Costs for Homeowners

5/14/18: NZ Herald - Piles of recyclables mount in wake of China's waste ban

5/13/18: Waste Advantage Magazine - Recycling, Once Embraced by Businesses and Environmentalists, Now Under Siege

5/7/18: Waste360.com - China Suspends All U.S. Scrap Imports for One Month

4/24/18: Resource Recycling - China's ban hits additional materials

4/24/18: Berg Mill Supply Co. - Is Recycling's Future Headed Toward the Trash?

4/20/18: CNN Money — China refuses to recycle more of the world's trash

4/20/18: Waste360.com - Industry Associations Respond to China's Expanded Waste Import Ban

4/20/18: Waste360.com - Waste Management Feels Impact of China's Contamination Standard, Import Ban in Q1 2018

4/20/18: CDRecycler.com - China Announces Import Ban on an Additional 32 Scrap Materials

4/16/18: Waste360.com - Could Standardized Recycling Labels Be the Solution to Overcoming the Industry's China Ban Woes?

4/3/18: Waste Management - The Battle Against Recycling Contamination is Everyone's Battle

3/28/18: CBS News (Video) - Without China, What's Happening to the World's Waste? | The Question

3/27/18: Opinion: California shouldn't throw away recycling opportunity

3/27/18: VoicesOfMontereyBay.org - Wish-Cycling: The Tough Business of Cleaning Up What's In that Blue Bin

2/28/18: Waste360.com - How Technology Can Be a Solution to China's Import Ban

1/23/18: CalRecycle Discussion of National Sword (Video)

1/22/18: CGTN America (Video) - Joe Pickard Explains China's Ban on Plastic Waste Imports

1/12/18: Waste360.com - ISRI, NWRA, SWANA Respond to China's Finalized Contamination Standard

1/2/18: BBC News (Video) - Why China Doesn't Want Your Waste Anymore

1/2/18: NEW News (Video) - Mountains of US Recycling Pile Up as China Restricts Imports

12/6/17: Waste360.com - The China Conundrum

10/26/17: ANJR (Video) - China's National Sword About to Fall on U.S. Recyclers

7/19/17: Waste360.com - China Notifies WTO of Intent to Ban 24 Types of Solid Waste Imports

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