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It has grabbed numerous headlines, but what is China’s National Sword? This webinar will give a critical update on what China’s scrap ban and customs enforcement actions are, where it came from, the potential impact on markets, MRFs, and local programs, and methods for managing and messaging the potential impacts, especially in the short-term.

This interactive webinar will communicate critical information from brokers, MRFs, and other industry experts. They will shed light on what you need to know, then open the floor to your questions. Be informed. Be prepared. Join us.

Hosted by The Recycling Partnership



Location online
National Sword (ˈnaSH(ə)n(ə)l sôrd): 1 China’s new quality rules on importation of recyclable material, focused on mixed paper and 3–7 plastics.

Is this a problem? It is. But it is also an opportunity. An opportunity to diversify market options. To refocus on quality. To support jobs in U.S. recycling. To grow U.S. manufacturing.

What can you do? Keep calm, stay informed, and focus on clean material.

What else? Well, since you asked:

Listen to market experts. Register now for our October 19 webinar. Have your questions ready.
Clean up your recycling stream. High quality bales are the best shield for National Sword. Use these 6 steps to keep contamination in check.
Talk to Your MRF. What are they seeing? Is it going to get bumpy? What does this mean for costs? How can you work together?
Don’t take any recyclables off your YES list. Markets ebb and flow. Rapid change is confusing for residents. Stay steady.
Don’t freak out your residents. So long as there’s no interruption in service – and there shouldn’t be – you don’t need to dive into the complexities of international markets. Keep it simple and keep them recycling. Focus on quality. Again, stay steady.
Don’t feed the trolls. If negative messaging comes up, pivot to the good. Ignore the bad and the ugly. Truly, stay steady.
Rest assured, our industry is coming together on this, politically and operationally. The Partnership is joining ISRI, NWRA and SWANA to comment to the World Trade Organization, enabling the Trump Administration to advocate for a stop to any bans. Brokers, MRFs, and market experts are evaluating domestic and international market capacity. Private companies are analyzing opportunities to use more recycled content. Wheels are in motion.
Stay tuned for more tips and tools to weather the lows and stretch out the highs.

A Message from our Director:

Give your recycling program a gift this season: review what is truly acceptable in your Town.  There's been a lot or "wishful recycling" going on, and it's causing trouble!  HIghlights:  keep it clean, and only include plastics that are rigid containers - no bags, styrofoam or ribbons.  Surf the site for more details 


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December 2017 Updates

Recycling on the South Shore (9 min), with Kingston's Paul Basler, SSRC's Julie Sullivan. PCN/PACTV, 10/26/2017

Life in plastic, it's fantastic... or is it?  by Julie Sullivan, Whitman-Hanson Express, 10/5/17

Town (Abington) bans Styrofoam food containers, Jean Lang, Boston Globe9/22/17

Abington to improve recycling through The Recycling Partnership, Wicked Local Abington, 7/11/17

Hingham HHW collection (11 min video) HCAM TV, June 2017 

Op Ed:  How Not Recycling impacts your wallet, Julie Sullivan, Cohasset Mariner, 6/17/17  

Let's clean up our recycling 30 sec. video PSA, PACTV, 4/2017

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Visit Recycling A-Z to find the answer to "What should I do with...." 

The Town Program pages provide contact information and links to Member Town's recycling programs.

Learn more about recycling dos and don'ts by visiting Recycling 101 and Advanced Recycling.

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Upcoming Meetings & Events

13 Dec 2017
08:45AM - 12:00PM
Southeast Municipal Recycling Council meeting
11 Jan 2018
01:00PM - 02:00PM
Textile Recovery Webinar
18 Jan 2018
08:50AM - 10:30AM
SSRC Breakfast Meeting