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CHINA’S CONTAMINATION RESTRICTION PROVES TO BE UNOBTAINABLE

China’s recent ban on paper, plastics, and other items had stated a contamination threshold of just 0.3 percent. As most recycling industry executives would agree – this is not realistically obtainable. It looks like China has come to the same conclusion. Think about it – if you produce a 1,500...
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Oil Prices and the Recycling Industry: A Tricky Balance

To the average consumer, plummeting oil prices are a cause for celebration. The cheaper the oil, the less it costs to fill your gas tank and heat your home. But what consumers don’t typically realize is that oil prices directly affect the cost of plastic, the environmental value of recycling,...
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Our President, Randy Miller, Quoted on China’s National Sword Policy

As part of their piece on China’s National Sword recycling policy, American Metal Market reached out to Miller Recycling’s President, Randy Miller, to garner his thoughts on the policy and the meaning behind the policy’s name. Miller has been following the evolution of the policy from his inception, and has...
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The Long Term Impact of China’s “National Sword”

China’s ban on paper, plastics and other items has the potential to impact not only the recycling industry, but also manufacturers, municipalities, and many other related industries. Obviously, the elimination of mixed paper will generate a massive oversupply of material on the market. Recycling is, and always will be, a...
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How Will China’s Market Ban Affect Mixed Paper Recycling?

There is much talk and speculation about how China’s ban on recycling imports, such as mixed paper, will affect markets and the recycling industry, not only in the U.S., but worldwide. Recyclers, material brokers, mill buyers, and others all have their opinion on how this will impact the industry. The...
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Case Study: Proper Disposal of Scrap Furniture

At Miller Recycling, we service numerous facilities generating a wide list of commodities. The majority of these materials are recycled. Unfortunately, some – due to their makeup and combination of incompatible products – cannot be recycled. One of those products is used or scrap furniture. Used furniture contains a combination...
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China’s National Sword 2017 – Update

There will likely be additional changes to China’s imports of recyclable materials in the near future. As we mentioned in a previous blog post about China’s National Sword anti-smuggling plans, under the Chinese government’s “National Sword 2017” clampdown, close inspection of imported recyclable materials were put in place. These materials include...
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How to Cost-Effectively Ship Recyclables to Their End Market

There are a number of “costs” associated with recyclables that are sometimes overlooked by the average person. Consider the range of costs for picking up and transporting material to the recycling facility end market. If a trailer load of baled paper is being picked up and shipped directly to a paper...
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U.S. Paper Recovery Rate Hits a Record

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) recently announced that a record amount of 67.2% of paper consumed in the U.S. was recovered for recycling in the year of 2016, an incredible feat for paper recovery. According to WhatTheyThink, the annual paper recovery rate has doubled since 1990 and U.S....
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Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Cleans Up Recycling Its Stream

As the Earth’s wellbeing and contamination levels continue as a global topic of discussion, we wanted to share a local story, from right here in Massachusetts. Massachusetts, like many states, has worked through recycling regulations and best practices for years in order to optimize its recycling stream. Looking for a...
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