China\'s ban on scrap imports a boon to US recycling plants
ALBANY, N. Y. (AP)— China\'s imports of waste paper and plastic have disrupted US imports. S. Recycling plans have also stimulated investment in factories in the United States that handle recyclable items. U. S. Paper mills are expanding their capacity to take advantage of large quantities of cheap waste. Some facilities that have previously exported plastic or metal to China have been re-processed for their own processing. On the other hand, investors include Chinese companies that are still interested in obtaining waste paper or flat bottles as raw materials for manufacturing. \"This is a very good moment for recycling in the United States,\" said Neil seldeman of United. Founder of local self-Research Institute Washington\'s faith Help cities improve the basic organization of recycling programs. China has long been the world\'s largest destination for paper, plastics and other recyclable items, with import restrictions gradually imposed in January 2018. Global steel scrap prices plunged, causing waste Transportation companies pass on the cost of sorting and packing recyclable items to municipalities. As there is no market for waste paper and plastic in blue bins, some communities have scaled back or suspended roadside recycling plans. There is a glimmer of hope in the new domestic market. Invest about $1 billion in the United StatesS. According to Dylan de Thomas, vice president of the recycling partnership, the paper processing plant has announced in the past six months that the recycling partnership is a non-profit organization that tracks and cooperates with the industry. Hong Kong- Kowloon, one of the world\'s largest carton producers, has invested $0. 5 billion in the past year to buy and expand or restart the production of Maine Paper Mills, Wisconsin and West Virginia In addition to making paper with wood fiber, the factory will also add production lines, turning more than ten million tons of waste into pulp to make boxes, vice president of government affairs and corporate initiatives, said Brian Boland, Kowloon United StatesS. affiliate. \"The paper industry has been contracting since the beginning of 2000,\" Boland said . \". \"To be frank, it\'s amazing to see this change. Chinese though- Owned company, which is creating the U. S. Jobs and revitalization communities like the old town of Maine, where the old mill is closed. \"The Northeast Recycling Commission said in a report last fall that since China stopped production, 17 North American paper mills have announced an increase in the capacity to process recyclable paper. Another Chinese company, Global Win wickliff, is reopening a closed paper mill in Kentucky. Georgia- Prat Industries, based in the wappuconeta, Ohio, is building a factory that will turn 425,000 tons of recycled paper into shipping boxes every year. Plastic also has a lot of online capacity, says de Thomas, noting that new plants or expansion plants in Texas, Pennsylvania, California and North Carolina have turned recycled plastic bottles into new bottles. He said Chinese companies are investing in plastic and scrap metal recycling plants in Georgia, Indiana and North Carolina to produce raw materials for Chinese manufacturers. In New Brunswick, New Jersey, Guangdong International recycling has been exporting waste plastic film bags such as pallet packaging and grocery bags for many years. But when China began to restrict imports, Sunil Bagaria, president of the company, installed new machines to process particles, selling lucrative products to garbage bags and plastic pipe manufacturers. He said that the import deadline for what China calls the \"National Sword\" is-needed wake- Call his industry. \"Exports of plastic waste have played an important role in promoting recycling in our country,\" Bagaria said . \". \"The downside is that the infrastructure of recycling in our country has not been developed. \"This is changing now, although he said that more domestic processing capacity will be needed as more countries restrict waste imports. \"Ultimately, the society that produces plastic waste will be responsible for recycling plastic waste sooner or later,\" he said . \". It has not yet been seen whether the new plant, which is about to go online, can quickly solve the problem of relying heavily on municipal recycling projects sold to China to remove piles of waste. \"Chinese companies are investing in factories, but we are in this predicament before we see the needs of these factories,\" said Ben Harvey, based in Westborough, massachusetts collects garbage and recyclable items for about 30 communities. A year ago, after China closed, he had a parking lot full of paper in stock, but eventually found buyers in India, South Korea and Indonesia. Keith Ristau, CEO of Far West recycling in Portland, Oregon, said most of the recyclable plastics his company collects were shipped to China. Now, most processors in Canada or California. In order to meet their standards, far west has invested better equipment and more workers in its material recovery facilities to reduce pollution. In Sarepta, Luis Anna, the IntegriCo composite is wrapping hardto- Recycle the mixed plastic into the rail tie belt. In 2017, it expanded its business with funding from New York -- Based on closed-loop partners. \"As an investor in domestic recycling and recycling infrastructure in the United StatesS. We think what China has decided to do is very positive . \"