China's "National Sword" Policy

WSRA is committed to monitoring and sharing as much information as possible in regards to China's recent restrictions on imported recyclable materials which are likely to have significant impacts on Washington state’s residential and commercial recycling programs, and our membership. We've compiled and will continue to update this page with relevant information on this situation. 

WSRA Members are invited to join us for our 2018 Fall Policy Forum on Wednesday, December 6, 2017, to hear more about the impacts of the China National Sword policy on our state’s recycling infrastructure.  

Washington State Department of Ecology: 

Statement from Ecology - "Ecology is expanding the work and scope of our commingled improvement recycling project. Working with partners from local governments, processers, collectors, exporters and end users we are strategizing on both the short and long term. 

In Washington, recycling regulations are set by local governments. Ecology is advising local governments to be flexible as our state’s recycling system adapts to these new regulations."

WSRA Member Responses:

Washington Refuse and Recycling Association (WRRA):

WRRA has been following the National Sword policy and has listed the following resources on their website.  

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (OR DEQ):




  • Updates from ISRI on International Trade with China HERE

The Recycling Partnership:

Resource Recycling: