Many developments related to the Chinese recycling import market have taken place in recent weeks. The following is a look at key updates related to scrap materials, including from electronics.
With the U.S. e-scrap industry continuing to rely on the export market, companies are not only contending with domestic laws and certification requirements – they’re navigating a wide range of complex and unique international laws as well.
China has ratcheted up inspection requirements for recyclables imported from the U.S., requiring every load to be opened for inspection and temporarily shutting down the only organization providing pre-shipment approval in the U.S.
The U.S. EPA solid waste chief during the Obama Administration is now helping to push forward circular economy principles, and some of his work could help reshape electronics recovery in developing areas of the world.