Update # 2 on “National Sword”

To date the impact of the National Sword initiative has been very intense on all parts of Urban Impact’s operations. Example of the specific impacts include: A dramatic downward price correction on all grades of Paper and Plastics. A dramatic slow down in our throughput and production of our processing plants. Increased scrutiny of all inbound deliveries. Active communication to all suppliers on any quality issues observed, loads downgraded and fees associated with quality issues passed to the inbound customer. Increased labour expense to manually sort materials received. Development of new signage for Urban Impact’s collection bins and offered to ...

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Changes in China’s market for recyclables – Update 1

Urban Impact participated in the Chicago Paper Conference from October 11 – 13, 2017.  Industry conferences are always a great place to catch up with suppliers and customers alike.  This yea’s Conference conversations and Agenda were dominated by information about the Chinese Government’s new National Sword. Under the Chinese government’s “National Sword 2017” clampdown, close inspection of imported recyclable materials were put in place. This blog post is Urban Impact’s first update on National Sword. National Sword is the name of the Chinese government’s recent clampdown initiative to clean air, water and land in China.  The Chinese government has targeted waste paper and plastic ...

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Tools To Monitor Waste Diversion Efforts

Urban Impact wants to partner with our customers in reducing their waste and improving their waste diversion efforts.  Garbage could be thing of the past, if waste diversion and avoidance efforts are taken seriously and technological developments continue to improve in alternate packaging and products, What was once garbage, will in fact be a resource and we will be on our way to a world without waste. What tools do we have to see how we are doing with respect to both diversion and waste avoidance?   Waste Audits Waste Audits are an excellent tool to review the composition of what remains ...

The cost of garbage disposal should inspire diversion

As a region, and in society as a whole, we are debating what to do with our garbage and what the cost will be for disposal in the future. Stakeholders are concerned that the cost of disposal has increased significantly in the last 10 years, and many are stating that the increases costs over time are too great and are a burden to society, business and others. In our region, regional disposal costs are being estimated to reach $150 per metric tonne in the next few years, and likely closer to $200 per metric tonne in the medium term. In ...