The National Sword in China has imposed strict restrictions on scrap paper and plastic imports into the country that have had widespread impact on North American access to recycling markets. Municipalities’ markets and pricing for recyclable materials have been impacted by China’s ban and are also affected by new, and currently unattainable, quality standards. This session will feature presentations from brokers and waste processors who will discuss the new reality of recycling markets, explain the changes in China and why the ban was implemented and look to provide guidance to waste and recycling generators for accessing new markets and improving sorting and quality standards.
Join us at this interactive workshop as we explore realities of the current recycling market situation, solutions and a look toward the future.
Tom Baranowski – VP Sales and Purchasing for Seaport International
Seaport International is one of the largest paper brokerage firms specializing in the paper, pulp, and recycling industry. Seaport International is one of the most trusted suppliers to paper mills in the Pacific Northwest and throughout Asia. Their direct relationships with mills throughout North America and Asia has enabled Seaport to form solid relationships with a variety of supply channels.
Al Metauro – Executive Vice President and CEO, Cascades Recovery
Mark Badger – Canada Fibers Ltd.
Doris Wong – Vice President of Materials Marketing, Emterra Group and Green by Nature EPR
Lorenzo Donini – Manager, Material Processing and Municipal Development, GFL Environmental Inc.
Other speakers are currently being recruited to represent a wide variety of brokers, service providers, and industry experts. Pending speakers include:
- Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI)
- Merlin Plastics
- SUEZ Canada Waste Services Inc.