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Southeast Asia bans e-plastic imports

Following China’s refusal to accept plastic waste from the West, import policies across Southeast Asia are continuing to tighten, making it increasingly difficult to move certain e-scrap materials to international markets. These policy changes have not only greatly affected curbside recycling programs across the United States, but it has taken its toll on certain commodities…

An EU regulation could end e-plastics recycling

Decabromodiphenyl ether (decaBDE), a type of flame retardant material, is commonly used in plastics found in electronics, appliances and vehicles. Because of the widespread use of consumer electronics (and therefore, the use of electronic plastic containing decaBDE), the European Union (EU) has been regulating the use of the material in various products, including residual levels…

HOBI Southeast Asia Scrap Imports

Import Restrictions on the Rise Throughout Southeast Asia

In the recent months following China‚Äôs latest restrictions on scrap imports, Southeast Asian countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam are initiating similar policies as officials try to get a handle on the massive influx in shipments and improper use of permits. A recent article from Resource Recycling highlights the difficulties these countries are…