Adina Renee Adler: November 14, 2017

China Ban on Scrap Imports Could Limit Recycling Options for Americans

Restrictions Would Have a Devastating Impact on U.S. Scrap Recycling Industry 



Adina Renee Adler

Sr. Director of Government Relations and International Affairs for the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries


November 15 marks America Recycles Day, yet this year there is cause for concern. China recently announced its intent to ban the import of certain recyclable materials by year end. Among the items included are most scrap plastics and paper. With more than $5.2 billion in scrap commodities exported from the United States to mainland China last year alone, the trade in specification-grade commodities – metals, paper and plastics – between the United States and China is of critical importance to the health and success of the U.S.-based recycling industry. If implemented, a ban on scrap imports will result in the loss of tens of thousands of jobs and closure of many recycling businesses throughout the United States. Local communities may no longer accept certain items for recycling, forcing these materials to landfills if new markets are not developed.

China is the recycling industry’s largest customer. In 2016, U.S. scrap exports to China included more than $1.9 billion in scrap paper (13.2 million tons) and $282 million in scrap plastics (or 775,000 tons).

Did You Know?

·         The recycling industry is directly and indirectly responsible for more than 534,000 jobs in the U.S.

·         Generates more than $13 billion in federal, state, and local tax revenue annually

·         U.S. scrap exports alone generate more than $28 billion in total economic activity

·         Since 2000, U.S. net exports of scrap have made a positive contribution to the balance of trade amounting to $210 billion

Adina Renee Adler, Sr. Director of Government Relations and International Affairs at the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Incis available for you and your listeners on Tuesday, November 14th, to discuss China’s intentions and what they mean to recycling. She will have recently returned from a trip to China.

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More About Adina Renee Adler:

Adina joined ISRI in December 2016. Prior to ISRI, Adina was Director of Global Government Affairs for Alcoa/Arconic and International Government Relations Advisor for Shell Oil Company, both based in Washington, to advise business leaders on trends in U.S. trade and international policy.  Adina also served in the U.S. Government as Director for South Asia in the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) and International Trade Specialist at the U.S. Department of Commerce, both assignments responsible for U.S. commercial and trade policy with the countries of South Asia.  Adina has a B.A. from The George Washington University and M.A. from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).  Adina is a proud fan of the World Series Champion Chicago Cubs stemming from her upbringing in suburban Chicago, but she is now a confirmed Washingtonian along with her husband and 11-year-old daughter.


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