Since the 1970s, the world has come together to focus efforts on local, national and global scales to start a conversation and take care of the earth. This year’s theme, “Beat Plastic Pollution”, calls for us to focus on reducing our reliance on plastics in everyday life.
In a recent letter from Vietnam’s Tan Cang-Cai Mep International Terminal (TCIT) that was obtained and shared by the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), it was announced that the terminal was stockpiling scrap materials and, as a result, will temporarily stop accepting all containers of scrap plastic and paper from June 25 through October 15, 2018.
On April 27, 2018, APCO was endorsed in a Meeting of the Environment Ministers (MEM) to lead Australia’s response to China’s National Sword policies, setting a target in line with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s three-year plastics initiative project. APCO CEO Brooke Donnelly is calling the lead historic target “one of the most ambitious and decisive environmental targets to be supported in Australia.”
On May 2, 2018, the California Department of Resource Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) announced that it was postponing the release of its packaging reform paper – initially expected by the end of 2017 or early 2018 – due to upheavals caused by China’s National Sword policies.
The Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) stated on May 18 that the Chinese Ministry of Ecology and Environment has confirmed its announcement that the import of high-grade PET chips as “ordinary goods” is now allowed, as they are in accordance with general trade regulation.