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New Investments in Modernizing Plastics Recycling in the U.S. 

After decades as the world’s largest buyer of scrap materials, in July 2017 China announced that it would no longer permit its domestic buyers to import plastic or paper scrap above a stringent 0.5% contamination threshold, and in January 2018, China’s “National Sword” policy went into effect. This shift created a short-term disruption among exporters around the world, and also led to a rush to invest in new recycling opportunities here in the United States.

American Chemistry Council

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) represents the leading companies engaged in the multibillion-dollar business of chemistry. ACC members apply the science of chemistry to make innovative products, technologies and services that make people's lives better, healthier and safer. ACC is committed to improved environmental, health, safety and security performance through Responsible Care®; common sense advocacy addressing major public policy issues; and health and environmental research and product testing. ACC members and chemistry companies are among the largest investors in research and development, and are advancing products, processes and technologies to address climate change, enhance air and water quality, and progress toward a more sustainable, circular economy.

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