TOMRA explained that the e-book aims to address widespread concerns about
China's National Sword standard, introduced to the World Trade Organisation in
July 2017 and fully implemented on 1st March 2018, which demands higher purity
levels in recyclable materials entering the country.
The standard is expected to be expanded to include a total of 16 materials by
the end of this year, and to add a further 16 materials by the end of 2019.
National Sword has sent shock waves through the recycling industry by
requiring much recyclable material arriving in China to have purity levels
greater than 99.5%. This is a significant increase from the 90-95% purity
levels previously accepted and will have far-reaching consequences: China is the
world's largest importer of recycled material.
TOMRA's e-book explains why, for businesses striving to meet the new
standard, adding more manual pickers is not a sustainable option, and why
sensor-based mechanical solutions make more financial sense.