China’s Recovered Paper Problem

China’s Recovered Paper Problem

February, 2018

Tedd Powers, Senior Consultant, Fisher International

It is no secret that China has a recovered paper problem. As China tries to limit skyrocketing landfill expansions, it has targeted imported RCP as a significant source of trash, both undesirable paper and other forms of waste like plastic and glass. But China’s paper and packaging industry is extremely dependent on other people’s RCP as a fiber source. And, the world is very dependent on China as a buyer of RCP. Can China clean up the supply of imported RCP without unduly disrupting the availability of this critically important raw material?


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