Can you remember what you were doing on New Year’s Day, 2018? Celebrating or perhaps nursing a hangover? What happened that day created a significant change in global recycling. China, the world’s largest scrap importer, stopped accepting recycled plastic, unsorted scrap paper and significantly reduced imported cardboard from abroad. According to the World Bank, annual waste generation is expected to rise from 2.01 billion tons in 2016 to 3.40 billion tons in 2050. That’s an increase of 70 percent. This, countered with China’s banning of imports of recycled products, has increased the need to look for more innovative and long…

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