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China imports large quantities of waste paper from the US and has recently tightened their restrictions on how much contaminated paper can be imported. | AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images
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China’s Ban on Imported Scrap Is Scrambling Recycling Efforts

In an effort to deal with its own waste management problems, China has limited imports of plastic and paper waste — and that’s having ripple effects across the globe.