In 2016 China imported 45 million tons of scrap metal, waste paper and plastic, together worth more than $18 billion. But that trend is changing. In February 2017 Chinese customs officials announced “National Sword,” an initiative aimed at reducing illegal shipments of industrial and electronic waste. Most recently China announced that imports of recyclables – those that are not outright banned by a separate restriction – will need to meet increased quality standards. The potential upheaval in global markets presents an opportunity for the U.S. and Colorado recyclers to improve their materials quality and to create local markets that will boost our local economies.
This year’s annual meeting of the Colorado Association for Recycling at Acreage Ciderhouse and Eatery in Lafayette focuses on these current issues by highlighting CAFR’s work to create local markets in Colorado.
The event September 11 from 12:00 PM to 4:30 PM, will begin with a networking meeting to discuss the operations and accomplishments of CAFR, registration required. At 3:00 PM the doors open to the public for “Recycling: The Real Answers” a presentation to unravel the confusion about what to recycle and what happens to recyclables after they go in the cart, along with other presentations about recycling activities happening around the state. Live music begins at 4:30 PM. Cider is on tap throughout the event.
The Colorado Association for Recycling’s annual meeting brings together more than 100 of the state’s recycling professionals, waste processors, manufacturers, government agencies, non-profit organizations, academic institutions, consultants, and individuals learn about the many aspects of waste diversion and sustainable materials management. The 2018 Annual Meeting is sponsored by MillerCoors, Momentum Recycling, Rehrig Pacific Company and other organizations.