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Global Waste Management Disruption Fails to Spook Investors. For Now.

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The recycled commodities market industry experienced a major disruption on January 1, when China’s new “National Sword” policy went into effect, officially banning the import of 24 types of solid waste including unsorted paper, various plastics, and some trace metals. The policy also changed the allowed contamination rate for recyclables to just 0.5%.
For years, most Western nations had been sending their unwanted scrap metals, plastic and paper to China for re-use. China quickly became, by f...


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