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China's curbs on imported waste sow turmoil in the market

Beijing's ban on used paper is seen as a poke at the US as trade tensions fester

TOKYO -- China's restrictions on imported waste are squeezing the market for recycled materials such as used paper and copper scrap, depressing prices, threatening a supply glut, and forcing exporters to seek new markets.

From the beginning of May through early June, China has imposed a "temporary" ban on imports of waste paper from the U.S. The move followed the adoption of tougher limits on impurities in foreign waste earlier this year in the name of protecting the environment.

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