China Crackdown and Improvements at Millennium
How does China's Crackdown affect You?

China recently announced an import ban on certain types of recycled materials. Given China is the largest  importer of U.S. recyclables, this action will make it much harder for recyclers in the U.S. to be profitable. Banned materials include unsorted and/or unprocessed plastics, mixed paper, textiles, and some trace metals. 

How Recycling Markets are Being Impacted
The values of plastic, paper, and aluminum have been trending down for years and this news only continues that trend. This means more pressure on companies like Millennium to produce higher quality material. So far, markets for 3-7 have become non-existent , the price for OCC has dropped significantly, piles of mixed paper are growing around the country, and  there's concern for possible bans coming on other materials.

How Could YOU be Impacted
Currently Millennium has not implemented any changes in pricing as the initial effects of this ban play out. We are asking for your support in keeping material you deliver to us as clean as possible. We also want you to be aware of what is going on in the industry in case any adjustments are needed in the near future. If adjustments are needed, we will notify all customers at least 30 days prior to the change and keep communications open for any questions or concerns. 

Please do not hesitate to reach out to Bruce for further information:
Improvements at Millennium!
You may have noticed some construction happening at Millennium lately. These much needed improvements have been long overdue and we sincerely appreciate your patience as we complete them. 

What's New?
  • Scale has been replaced and updated with new rails to help guide drivers.
  • Cardboard bay support poles have been repaired with better guarding.
  • Concrete has been repaired and replaced around the building including dock areas, cardboard bay approach and ramp, and the front residential drop off area.
  • COMING SOON: Updated signage with clear directions for drivers.
Cell Phones are NOT ALLOWED when backing in or unloading material at Millennium.

We have recently seen drivers using cell phones during delivery which causes very unsafe distractions. Please make sure drivers are staying off their cell phones to keep them, our staff, and our building safe

QUALITY ALERT: Holiday Waste
It's that time of year again and the holidays are coming! Please remind your customers to keep non-recyclable holiday waste out of their bins. 

Common Single Steam Contaminants:
  • Pumpkins
  • Candy Wrappers
  • Costumes & Fabric
  • Leaves
  • Food-filled Foil
  • Food Contaminated containers
  • Hunting Waste & Animal Carcasses
  • Most Wrapping Paper
  • Bows and Ribbon
  • Christmas Lights
  • Trees & Wreaths
  • Tree Decorations

Our simple waste audit can help reduce contamination and increase your recycling rate. Contact us to schedule an on-location waste audit with your commercial customers. 

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"On the Line" is our quarterly newsletter meant to keep you i nformed on current events at our facility, in our community and in the recycling industry. If you want to hear about a topic or have a question you want us to answer, please let us know! We look forward to keeping you updated, thanks for your continued partnership as a Millennium Recycling customer.