The leader of California’s recycling agency recently weighed in on China’s import restrictions, addressing concerns he’s heard from local government and industry representatives.
California officials will slow their process of crafting mandatory recycling rules for packaging, citing upheavals caused by China’s import restrictions.
ECS Refining, one of the nation’s largest e-scrap processors, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last week. But the move appears to be driven more by an ownership struggle than bottom line issues.
About 85 percent of mixed paper and OCC exported out of California has been bound for China in recent years, and as the Asian behemoth closes its doors to some of those imports, the state’s recycling industry is feeling the hit.
A number of weighty topics are being discussed in statehouses this year, including extended producer responsibility for packaging, gutting of recycling funds and recycled-content mandates.
The state of California is helping to finance a facility that will process glass fines into a product used in high-strength concrete. Meanwhile, state regulators recently approved new reporting and inspection rules for glass sorting and cleanup facilities.