SWANA and the National Waste and Recycling Association (NWRA) have reissued our Joint Advisory on Designing Contracts for Processing of Municipal Recyclables, which is now updated to include a preface about how China’s waste import restrictions have affected the market for recyclable materials.

The document reflects the need for North American recycling programs and providers to re-examine their current practices and investigate new processing systems, implement contamination reduction methods, and revise program guidelines for acceptable materials.

In order to guide solid waste and recycling professionals on protocols and standards regarding contracting for the processing of municipal recyclables, the updated report is available for public download to ensure information on best practices is available throughout the industry.

Discussion of the disruptions affecting recycling worldwide, and how the industry can respond to them, will be a major part of the inaugural Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) Summit, hosted by SWANA and the Institute of Scrap Recycling (ISRI) as part of WASTECON. This event will provide stakeholders with a unique and timely forum to address MRF challenges affecting the recycling and solid waste industries.

SWANA continues to update the China’s Waste Import Restrictions Resources webpage that provides an overview of current recycling challenges, background information on this important issue, and high-level news coverage of the topic. It also is a repository for the letters and comments submitted by SWANA to state, federal and international leaders urging action to stabilize recycling programs and create a more resilient system for the future.

If you have feedback or questions about this alert, contact the Hoosier Chapter.