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Here are the details on recycling exports in the third quarter

Published: December 1, 2020
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OCC bales for recycling on a truck bed.

China remains the largest buyer of U.S. fiber, importing 1.86 million short tons during the third quarter. | F Armstrong Photography/Shutterstock

Paper and plastic exports continue to trend lower than in previous years, even as shipments increase to certain countries, recent figures show.

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China’s 2021 ban ‘will not have massive impact’ on fiber markets

Published: October 20, 2020
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Next year, China is widely expected to close the door completely to recovered fiber imports, a move that has the industry in a cautious state. | BigPixel Photo/Shutterstock

Is the global recycled paper sector prepared for China’s complete exit from the market next year? Experts weighed in during a recent Bureau of International Recycling session.

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COVID-19 demand shift opens door for recycled fiber

Published: November 17, 2020
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Stacks of baled paper for recycling.

A collapsing market for printing and writing papers has led to a few mill conversions. | Siwakorn1933/Shutterstock

Nine Dragons is shifting toward recycled packaging at a U.S. mill, citing an “unprecedented” decline in demand for printing and writing paper. The company is just one of several paper producers responding to changing markets with mill conversions.

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Another Asian country bans imports of mixed paper

Published: November 3, 2020
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Vietnamese imports of U.S. mixed paper dropped to 74,000 short tons in 2018, then to 45,000 in 2019. | Domicile Media/Shutterstock

Vietnam, a relatively small market for U.S. mixed paper, will no longer allow imports of the material beginning in 2022. The restriction does not appear to affect OCC, which the U.S. ships to Vietnam in far greater quantities.

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