Do China’s Recycling Restrictions Spell Trouble for Maryland Counties? Learn the Answer at #MACoCon

Sponsorship are HereChina was previously the largest recycling processor in the world, accepting imports from Maryland counties and local governments across the United States. Now, China has initiated a new “National Sword” policy that may close this market – leaving our recycling collections without a place to be processed. Learn more about this pressing national and local challenge at the 2019 January MACo Winter Conference.

Trash Backlash: Will Going Green Put Us in the Red?


Maryland has a strong recycling program that is primarily driven by the counties. However, that program is now in jeopardy. China, the largest recycling processor in the world, enacted strict prohibitions in 2018 against the import of certain types of foreign recycled materials. This is creating problems for states and local governments throughout the United States as there is a diminished market for recycled materials and we lack the capacity to process these materials domestically. Panelists will discuss the policy implications of China’s decision, the looming impacts on county governments, and what needs to happen nationally to address the issue.


  • Chaz Miller, CEO, Miller Associates
  • Ben Grumbles, Secretary of the Environment, Maryland Department of the Environment
  • Mark Deluca, Deputy Director of Public Works/Environmental, Howard County

Date & Time: Wednesday, January 2, 2019; 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

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