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China’s National Sword Policy & It’s Impacts on Recycling

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Christ the King Evangelical Lutheran Church invites you to a monthly environmental education web meeting series whose theme in 2018 is Stewardship. In September, we welcome Jordan Fengel, Executive Director of STAR (State of TX Alliance for Recycling). Richard holds a Bachelors degree in Environmental Management, and worked previously for the city of Georgetown as environmental programs coordinator. For nearly 50 years, recycling has been a staple practice throughout many American communities. A recent policy change by the Chinese government in 2017, enacted in 2018, banning many recyclable materials from being imported, has created a conundrum in the recycling industry. The US has relied on China to process our mixed plastic and mixed paper recyclables for the last 20+ years. With China set to eliminate all imports of recyclable materials by 2020, the Jordan will discuss what STAR is doing to turn the tide. He will explain how STAR sees this crisis more as a fantastic opportunity to build American processing and manufacturing markets that have been long needed. These markets will manage and create the products we use on a daily basis locally and regionally, creating Texas jobs and providing economic growth. Contact Lisa Brenskelle at gcs.lrc@gmail.com with any questions about this talk.


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