Encore: National Sword: How China's Crackdown is Affecting U.S. Recycling

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Recycling in the U.S. is highly dependent on the ability to export our recycling overseas. In California alone, 62 percent of the states’ recycling is exported to China. However, in July 2017, China announced a policy called National Sword, which limits the import of contaminated recyclable commodities and increases inspections of recyclable commodity imports. Tune in as we speak with Zoe Heller, Assistant Director for Policy Development at the California Department of Resources Recycling, about how National Sword is impacting local recycling efforts across the U.S., and what investments would be required to create the domestic recycling infrastructure needed to keep U.S. recycling onshore.

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