In mid-July 2017, China notified the World Trade Organisation that it planned to ban the import of several post-consumer commodities from Australia (e.g. plastics, certain metals, etc). China’s 'National Sword' Policy creates significant challenges for material recovery facility operators (MRFs) and local councils to adjust their contracts, processing capacities and quality standards. The abruptness and uncertainty created by China’s announcement has resulted in major disruption to both local and global recycling markets. Australian operators that have entered into contracts for the management of waste and recyclables may not be able to fulfil their obligations due to the collapse of the demand for recyclables.
This event will explore the underlying factors that have led to the ban, identify key challenges faced by the Australian recycling industry and discuss potential solutions. These discussions will be led by one of Australia’s leading exponents in waste management, Mike Ritchie, Managing Director of MRA Consulting Group as well as a panel of speakers from industry and government.
Registration and refreshments from 5.30pm for a 6.00pm start.
24 Jul 2018
- 8:00 PM
Level 15 - 133 Castlereagh St
Members $30 / Non-members $50 / Students $15
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