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Asiaphile is a monthly review of news and issues affecting the plastics packaging industry in Asia and covers raw materials, machinery manufacturers, converters, and brand owners

Researchers challenge Indonesian polluter status

Since first published in the February 2015 issue of the US journal Science, claims that Indonesia is the world’s second-largest ocean polluter after China,...

Singles Day – the world’s largest e-tail event

Remember the dark days of 2008? We learned a new language, peppered with terms like sub-prime, bail-outs and quantitative easing, as the Western World...

Japan’s quiet South East Asian expansion

In November 2011, the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake & Tsunami destroyed much of the country’s infrastructure and killed more than 400,000 people. Major Japanese...

An Asian opportunity

The deadline on China’s import ban on several classes of unprocessed waste including plastics, glass, slag, waste wool, ash, cotton, yarn, and unsorted paper...

China’s recycling Master Plan

Following then Chinese premier Wen Jiabao’s 2006 speech, a year later the State Council (China’s Cabinet) issued a directive to all branches of the...

National Sword fighting

The National Sword campaign is another step in the long march of China’s Circular Economy Law. The country’s latest round of new waste import...

China televises raids to enforce National Sword

As the National Sword campaign continues to impact the recycling sector, the Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) has begun to televise inspection raids...

Taking the high road on ocean waste

The perennial problem of what to do with mixed plastics and laminate packaging waste has been a conundrum for decades. Waste to Energy using...

National Sword’s double edge

The implementation of China’s National Sword was a shock to the global recyclate export market. However, as much as China panics the European and...

China takes National Sword to waste imports

Once again the Chinese government is teaching western recycling companies the value of delivering quality product to its customers. On 7 February, 2017 China’s General...

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