Chinese authorities have released more specifics about which materials are likely to be affected by a proposed import ban on recovered materials. The action is expected to be implemented at the end of this year.
Pricing boosts continue to drive recycling revenues for North America’s three largest haulers. Meanwhile, company executives say they don’t expect China’s announced ban on certain scrap imports to inflict too much financial pain.
A freight forwarding company has filed a lawsuit against a recyclables exporter, demanding to be reimbursed for tens of thousands of dollars in charges that accrued when cargo containers were left unclaimed at a Chinese port.
Chinese authorities have announced the country will prohibit some grades of recovered paper and plastic from being imported by the end of 2017. One U.S. group said that action would have a “devastating impact” on the wider recycling sector.
Thousands of tons of materials were seized during a raid in the Chinese province of Guangdong last week. It’s the latest enforcement action taken as part of China’s ongoing campaign to combat low-quality recovered-material imports.