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PRESS RELEASE: Recycling Industry Leaders Discuss Impacts of China's Green Fence Initiative

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Recycling Industry Leaders Discuss Impacts of China’s Green Fence Initiative

ACRI Provides Firsthand Experience to Federal Maritime Commission

Related to Regional Jobs and Environmental Protection

San Gabriel, Calif., July, 2013 - The Association of California Recycling Industries recently met with representatives of the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) to discuss impacts of a new environmental regulation on recycled materials that enter China.

The Green Fence Initiative, which took effect in February 2013, is intended to prevent the importation of certain scrap materials being shipped to China for recycling.  Scrap materials, including paper, plastic and metals, are the leading export from the United States to China. The Association of California Recycling Industries (ACRI) membership is comprised of the largest scrap metal exporters in the region.

“We appreciated the opportunity to share our thoughts and experience with the Commission. As leading providers of recycling jobs and Chinese exporters throughout Southern California, it is important that a correct balance is reached when it comes to protecting our environment and ensuring such regulation doesn’t negatively impact our economy.  ACRI has always believed that both can be achieved if thoughtfully addressed.” stated Trini Jones, ACRI President.

ACRI members acknowledge that China’s initiative could change the way they do business and confirm that some exports have been reduced.  Yet, members believe there may be some positive long term impacts as a result of the initiative.  These positive elements could include creating a level playing field whereby all recycling companies who do business with China are required to adhere to the same standards related to materials entering in the country.

“Recycling has become a major component of our economy.  Whether it is plastic, metal or paper products, the recycling of these materials is important to both the economic stability of our region, as well as protecting the environment,” said Jones. ”By working together, both goals can be achieved.”


About the Association of California Recycling Industries: The Association of California Recycling Industries (ACRI), a nonprofit trade association representing the interests of independent recyclers throughout California, is committed to promoting free market principles and ethical practices, fostering awareness of recycling issues, and leading the development of recycling policy.  For more information about the Association of California Recycling Industries please visit:

Port of Oakland Bets on Big Changes to Steer Global Commerce to the Bay Area

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The San Jose Mercury News has published an article highlighting the Port of Oakland and its mission to bring commerce to the Bay Area and its efforts compete with the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

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Clerks at L.A., Long Beach ports finally ratify labor accord

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The Los Angeles Times reports that the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have ratified a labor deal and avoided new labor strikes by port workers.

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New State Laws

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Several new State laws have been signed by the Governor.  They are listed below with a link to a copy of the bill language.  If you would like more information, please contact Todd Priest at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

AB 316 - Grand Theft to include Copper 

AB 341 -  Recycling Diversion Rate to 75% by 2010, include multi-family dwellings 

AB 391 - Electronic Reporting  

AB 712 - Deny money to cities that ban supermarket recycling centers 

AB 1149 -  Extend Recycling Program Payments through 2017 

AB 1181 - Weights and Measures: Pricing  

AB 1508 - Payment Restrictions 

AB 1583 - Prohibition on Marked Pallets 

AB 1933 - Out of State materials reporting 

SB 567 - Labeling Requirements: Compostable Plastics 

City of Los Angeles Moves Ahead With Waste Hauling Plan

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The LA Daily News writes that the City of Los Angeles has voted to move forward with Exclusive Franchise Agreements for Waste Hauling.

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