Environment and Climate Change Canada has released an Advocacy Alert regarding exports of waste materials and recyclables to China and scrap materials captured under the Export and Import of Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Recyclable Material Regulations.
SWANA has just released information regarding safety statistics for solid waste collection workers (US based) for last year. Solid waste collection workers continued to have the 5th deadliest job in the U.S. in 2016, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The 2016 National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries released on December 19, 2017 shows that the rate of fatalities among waste collection workers decreased by more than ten percent last year, but has not changed the industry’s ranking among the deadliest occupations (see charts).
Thursday October 26, 2017 @ 1:00pm – 2:30pm EST In a July 18, 2017 filing with the World Trade Organization (WTO), China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection announced that the country will prohibit the importation of some grades of recovered paper and plastic by the end of 2017. The WTO filing highlights the Chinese government’s efforts to clamp down on the quality of recovered material imports into the country.