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ISRI Recognized as Global Thought Leader on the Impact of China’s Scrap Import Restrictions

ISRI has worked hard since early 2017 to support recyclers as the industry faced the imposition of a range of import restrictions in China and is now adapting to new market trends for recycling and marketing scrap.

Our efforts to gather and disseminate information on China’s policies, market dynamics, and industry initiatives have resulted in ISRI becoming the first point of contact for international organizations, government officials, and worldwide mainstream press.

Last week, I sat for an extensive interview with The Economist, which is planning to publish a six-part special report on recycling in the fall. The discussion was wide-ranging on trade, the economics of recycling and capture/collection, and we expect that ISRI will be a primary source of data for the articles. Additionally, I had a long conversation with PBS Frontline about the dynamics of our industry and how China isn’t the crux of the problem but the trigger for the industry to proactively adapt for the future of recycling. These interviews follow others with the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Bloomberg News and other outlets looking to ISRI to provide a true illustration of the health of the recycling industry.

This week, Senior Director for Government Relations and International Affairs Adina Renee Adler is the subject matter expert on China at the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), which is hosting a workshop on the effects that trade restrictions have on global supply chains. The OECD is the think tank for developed countries and provides research and policy reports to governments on a wide range of issues that affect the global economy. It is expected that this meeting will lead to greater global awareness of the changing nature of the global recycling industry.

Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions about these or other ISRI activities.

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